With Dubai’s hotel sector being the fastest growing market outside of China and the United Arab Emirates’ successful bid to host the 2020 World Expo, the region’s growth and reputation as a business centre is set to keep soaring.

As a tourist destination, Dubai attracts more than 9 million people looking for sunshine and perfect beaches every year. For more than two decades, the city’s reputation for grandeur, luxury and shopping has spread globally, and today it’s showing no sign of slowing down. As it now heads towards its new goal, the 2020 World Expo, there is no doubt Dubai’s competitive edge will once again set the city apart.

Training chefs at ICCA. Pic: ICCA Dubai

Hotels are already expanding their capacity, international airports are scaling up, and Emirates Airline is purchasing more aircraft and flying to new destinations in preparation for the 2020 event. It is expected the World Expo will bring close to 25 million visitors over a year, which will create a wealth of work opportunities in luxury resorts and the hospitality sector.

With so many business prospects and opportunities to offer, Dubai has also become a first choice for international students looking for excellence in education. One recent study showed the Emirates are seen as the fourth most attractive education destination in the world for international students, and Dubai’s reputation as an education hub is growing. With many job prospects in luxury hotels and restaurants, Dubai is also a choice destination for competitive students looking to start a career in the hospitality sector. Institutes such as the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) provide a top class education for those wishing to work in the kitchens of the world’s top hotels and restaurants.

The best chefs agree learning from experienced professionals in an industry setting is what drove their career. The ICCA, which prides itself on quality programmes and industry-centered training, does just that. Combining hands-on experience and involvement in the industry, the intensive courses offered at the ICCA prepare students for successful careers. With new state-of-the-art training facilities and tuition from world-renowned chefs the ICCA is set to become the leading culinary training provider in the region.

As the hospitality sector is booming in the Emirates and Dubai heads for its next success, international students do well to consider further education in the city and benefit from a fast-paced, growing business sector to launch their career.