Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) was established by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism)to be a world-class vocational tourism college that would drive professional excellence capability in all tourism and hospitality service personnel in Dubai.
Our vision is to become the premier vocational training institute for the tourism, hospitality, retail business, culinary arts, and events industries in the MENA region and to be renowned by both students and employers alike.
- Student Focused
- Lifelong learning
DCT offers certificate and diploma courses in five core subject areas: tourism, hospitality, culinary arts, retail, and events, and a specialized Dubai Programs faculty. The programs follow the National Qualifications Framework for the UAE (QFEmirates) and are approved by the KHDA.
The ‘job-focused’ training on offer at DCT will be attractive for high school leavers who do not want to continue with ‘academic’ study and would like a clear path to a myriad of exciting and rewarding career opportunities within Dubai’s tourism and hospitality sectors. The vocational training on offer has been designed in partnership with the industry; students will gain practical experience through internships that will lead to jobs after completion of the course, as well as enhanced future opportunities for progression within the industry.
The college accepted its first intake of students in September 2017.
Industry Training Initiatives
In line with the strategy set by Dubai Tourism and the Dubai government, DCT works directly with Dubai’s tourism industry on providing fundamental training programs specifically designed for those working within the tourism industry, such as Dubai Way (an online video-based program for tourist-facing staff in Dubai) and Dubai Expert (an interactive online training tool for international travel agents). Both programs have the ultimate goal of enhancing the overall tourist experience for all visitors to Dubai.
The college is responsible for running Medyaf, an initiative of Dubai Tourism (Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing) to attract Emiratis to work in Dubai's tourism industry. DCT has developed excellent recruitment, training, and industry onboarding programs, to support and encourage young UAE Nationals to be part of the city’s evolving tourism sector.
What can a new student expect at DCT?
DCT is a student-centered institution, focused on meeting the needs of our students. Our vocational education and values are designed to prepare students for real outcomes, specifically job opportunities and career potential upon course completion.
This means that our students are taught and practice the skills required to excel in their future careers. DCT proudly offers working internships with every course, while industry guest lectures, site visits, workshops, and other experiential learning are also a feature.
The college has been created by Dubai Tourism. It is an initiative of the Dubai government and therefore has unparalleled connections to the industry. With access to so many industry professionals, our students are very close to their potential future employers. The ultimate goal, therefore, is that because of the government’s confidence in its own entity, students graduate with job security and career opportunity.
DCT is an active and vital member of Dubai’s tourism and education sectors. The teachers and staff come from the Tourism Industry. They all have invaluable insight and experience, and a genuine interest in the future success of their students.
The college is therefore building a student base that is prepared to take on the exciting and rewarding jobs that are being created in the tourism industry
What is it like studying in Dubai?
Dubai is a fascinating city with a unique and proud identity. It is home to people of over 200 different nationalities and is both a fast-moving, powerful business center and a relaxed tourist destination. It’s a place where old-world charm meets new world ambition and innovation.
This is in part because, geographically, it is perfectly positioned as a gateway to the east and the west, making it easy to travel too, and travel from. It’s a great base, and a convenient stop off.
Dubai is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, with the goal to become the most visited city in the world by 2025. As a result, Dubai is educating many students for a career in tourism.
Dubai is a melting pot of cultures and influences, and as a student, you couldn’t wish for a better combination. You are constantly meeting other students from all walks of life, and learning and growing as a result.
DCT's state-of-the-art facilities include a Student Learning Centre, where there's an open environment for students to work in teams on projects and class assignments, and an open space cafe. Our lecture-style and traditional classrooms facilitate group interactions and hands-on active learning.
The college has been set up to adhere to the highest international standards and to fully utilize the benefits of technology.
DCT is located beside the Dubai World Trade Centre, right in the heart of the city. It's accessible by metro and other forms of public transport.