Jumeirah Group Launches Career Development Program

Jumeirah Group, the dynamic and rapidly growing Dubai-based luxury hotel and hospitality management company, and member of Dubai Holding, has launched 'Aspiro', a fast track career development programme for high-achieving, goal-oriented, ambitious students from leading hospitality and management degree programmes as well as existing Jumeirah colleagues.

The programme, which comprises of three levels: Corporate Trainee Programme, Corporate Management Programme and Corporate Executive Programme, aims to offer participants a fast-track career progression within Jumeirah, one of the fastest growing hospitality groups in the world.

The programme takes candidates from a 'Graduate' to a Senior Management role through intensive coaching sessions, elaborate development opportunities, industrial placements within Jumeirah properties worldwide and more. Successful participants will become Jumeirah's future leaders, embracing the company's operating philosophies, and helping to support growth and drive success.

Aspiro's Corporate Trainee Programme was launched in 2007 in the Gulf Region and Jumeirah recently welcomed its first seven successful applicants. The new recruits, from countries including Norway, the Philippines and as far away as Canada, commenced the programme in March, with placements around the Group's Dubai properties.

As part of the new programme, Jumeirah is also actively recruiting Arabic speakers and nationals from top universities and institutions throughout the UAE. Our Emiratization Department are instrumental in driving this forward, in order to offer Arabic speaking graduates promising career opportunities and prospects within the group. We are looking forward to welcoming our successful Arabic candidates later in the year.

"I have been working for Jumeirah for almost four years," explained May Fellores, a Jumeirah colleague who progressed from Guest Service Executive to Assistant Manager. "With Aspiro, my future seems even brighter, and the opportunities that are now available will help further enrich my life as a hotelier."

The selection process is rigorous. Candidates are expected to be passionate about the hospitality industry, enthusiastic about guest services and relations, and ambitious, on top of possessing a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management, Business Management, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Leisure or Engineering. Trainees will be exposed to a variety of departments and functions including Food & Beverage, Rooms, Engineering, Human Resources and Sales & Marketing Departments. They will also undergo an intensive assessment process including ability and psychometrics assessment.

Jumeirah Group's Chief Executive Officer, Guy Crawford, commented: "Jumeirah Group is a rapidly expanding brand. We are excited about offering our Aspiro participants a fantastic combination of leadership instruction and hands on training in our world renowned luxury hotels. We also offer candidates cross-exposure to our properties, academic learning opportunities via The Emirates Academy - the Middle East's premiere hospitality tertiary institution, as well as access to an internationally experienced management team and supported by personal coaching. I am fully committed to this new fast track career development programme and look forward to welcoming and working with the future leaders of our company."

Photo Caption: Six of the seven successful Aspiro candidates.

Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah properties are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The fast growing Dubai-based luxury international hospitality management group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world's most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House on Central Park South in New York.

The Group's activities are, however, not restricted to hotel and resort management. The Jumeirah Group portfolio also includes Wild Wadi, regarded as one of the premier water parks outside of North America; The Emirates Academy, the region's only third-level academic institution specializing in the hospitality and tourism sectors; The Taste Department, the company's dedicated restaurant division; global spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Living, the Group's luxury brand of serviced residences offering effortless living in luxurious surroundings; and Jumeirah Retail, with its fourteen stores and dedicated luxury retail website www.jumeirahcollection.com.

Building on this success, Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding in 2004, a collection of leading Dubai based businesses and projects, in a step that aims to initiate a new phase of growth and development for the group.

Jumeirah has extensive expansion plans to grow its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts into key gateway or letterhead cities and aspirational resort destinations worldwide. Currently, the Group has several luxury five-star properties under development, including five in Dubai and others in Abu Dhabi, Aqaba, Doha, Phuket, Bermuda, Mallorca and London. The Group is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi in December 2008, Jumeirah's first hotel in China and flagship property in the Asia Pacific region.