World’s Tallest Stuff: Burj Khalifa, Dubai

February 20, 2012 by staff 

World’s Tallest Stuff: Burj Khalifa, Dubai, Dubai will soon unveil the world’s tallest hotel. The JW Marriott Marquis – a 355 meter hotel from the house of Marriott International – is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, further cementing Dubai’s reputation as a leading hospitality destination. The two-tower hotel, just 26 meters short of New York’s Empire State Building, will boast 1,608 rooms, nine restaurants, five lounges, two ballrooms, and 24 meeting rooms – promising to set new standards for luxury.

Dubai, one of the most popular emirates in the UAE, is a unique city. Capitalising on its attractive location, the city has built its reputation on an array of hotels, an electric nightlife, great shopping and five-star service. The city, which provides high-quality service and a culinary feast for its guests, is always in need for more personnel due to the constant investment in the industry. The thriving jobs market, greatly receptive to foreign employees, has contributed to creating Dubai’s dynamic multi-cultural community.

The Dubai Marina – the centre of the city’s business hub

Murtaza Burhani, who works in western grill section of The Market Cafe restaurant of the city’s popular hotel Grand Hyatt, told Asian Correspondent: “Dubai has one of the biggest tourism industries and it is growing every day. In 2011, we had 15,000 new rooms added to the business. The city itself has more than 127 nationalities and takes pride in its multiculturalism. Dubai is open and welcoming to foreign nationals who want to join its workforce, so there are plenty of jobs. The hospitality industry especially is the biggest market here and didn’t suffer even during the recession. There is constant growth and one can always find a job.”

He continues: “Working in hospitality is tremendously fulfilling. If you’re part of this industry, you are very well taken care of. Your accommodation, transport, food and insurance are sorted for you – we even have doctors both in the hotel and in our accommodation. There are struggles as well – guests expect the highest standard of service and performance needs to be top-notch on a daily basis. I am constantly responsible for the grill section that I run at the Grand Hyatt where every detail counts. There needs to be perfection in everything, not just the food; right from clothes, shoes, cleanliness and presentation, to communication with guests. But it’s all worth it to see a guest happy with the quality of service.”

There is a large demand for professionally trained staff. The International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai (ICCA Dubai) is a leading educator for prospective hospitality and culinary employees looking to find jobs at five-star luxury hotels. Murtaza, a graduate of the institute, says: “Employers are looking for individuals with a positive attitude and good English language skills. They want to hire people who take pride in whatever they do and produce the highest quality of work. They are looking for individuals with management skills to see if they can lead a team in the future.

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