The recent economic downturn had a heavy impact on the Middle East, and Dubai in particular, yet there are signs that the hospitality and travel industry is beginning to enter a period of revival. One indication that there may be signs of hope in what is a potentially huge source of future income for the regions is the announcement that the Al-Futtaim group, based in Dubai, may be about to resume work on the mothballed Dubai Festival City development.
The project, including hotels in the Four Seasons and W Hotel lines, was first mooted when the former agreed to a hotel in the development some six years ago, yet only now is there a sign of the construction actually going ahead. Nevertheless, this is good news for those who are looking for jobs in the hospitality and travel industry and may lead to a further awakening of dormant projects.
With the Hyatt Regency Dubai announcing a new General Manager in recent days and looking to continue its successful tenure in the city, echoing the recent move by Raffles Dubai, there are definite signs that the hotel industry is returning to its former glory. Dubai offers excellent conditions for holidays and is becoming increasingly popular with western tourists looking to sample the luxury lifestyle, and the prospect for jobs in the region is becoming stronger.
With the UAE embracing the idea of hospitality as a money spinner there is much scope for vast future expansion, and with that comes the promise of more jobs not only in the hospitality and travel trade but in engineering and construction too.