Ghanim Al Marri
As UAE Nationals, we have to adapt ourselves to new situations, new challenges and new possibilities. Hospitality is a new industry for us to work in and it is a challenging experience.
I began my career in the hospitality industry at the age of eighteen when I chose to study General Catering at the Thenat Technical College, London, in 1991. Upon my return to the UAE in 1993, I joined Jebel Ali International Hotels as a Management Trainee for 18 months. After completing the traineeship, I worked in sales, finance and accounting including cost control for seven years in the hotel. In 2002, I was the Operations Manager for the DTCM sponsored Career Development Summer Programme for UAE Nationals. Then, as member of the DTCM drive to increase Emiratisation in the hospitality industry, I was appointed as Director Emiratisation & National Employment at Jebel Ali International Hotels.
Emiratisation is a government encouraged initiative, and my role is to increase the number of UAE Nationals at Jebel Ali International Hotels by the encouraging them and eliminating any obstacles that precludes their career progression to become professional hoteliers.