Life-changing journeys: Hear from The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management Graduates and discover their success stories

In the bustling heart of Dubai, a transformational journey awaits those who step through the doors of the The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, the #1 in the Middle East & Africa region, #13 worldwide by QS Hospitality and Leisure Subject Rankings 2023. Nestled within one of the world’s most dynamic cities, EAHM is more than just a place of learning: it’s a crucible for forging future leaders in the hospitality industry.

With a diverse student body representing over 50 countries, EAHM is a melting pot of cultures, ideas, and experiences. Each student who embarks on this academic voyage carries with them a story. Here, we will delve into the inspiring journeys of several alumni who have transitioned from being eager students to accomplished entrepreneurs.

Nur Nurani, now a Senior Manager and Multi Property Director of Quality at a prestigious Resort, began his hospitality journey in the Philippines during University. His passion for people and diverse cultures led him to the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, where he fulfilled dreams of cooking for Michelin-star Chef Gary Rhodes and gained catering experience. In 2020, he realized his entrepreneurial dream, helping pandemic-impacted hotels and restaurants bounce back and even double their earnings. He states “Everyone who graduates from the Emirates Academy can go into the world of Hospitality and Business and be successful, thanks to what EAHM teaches them”.

Fida Faisal, a BBA alumna, epitomizes the academy’s impact on budding leaders. As the CEO of an online platform, she now connects the public with UAE businesses. Fida emphasizes how EAHM helped shape her career. She credits the faculty for imparting extensive industry knowledge, stating “The Faculty of The Emirates Academy have a lot of knowledge that comes from their past years of experience.”

She values her hands-on experiences and highlights the importance of planning in business, citing courses like Strategy Management and Revenue Management as particularly influential in her journey. Her six-month internship reinforced her understanding of hospitality and the significance of people skills. Fida underlines the importance of connections in any business, attributing her ability to venture into the tech industry to the people-centered values instilled by her hospitality education at EAHM. She concludes by praising the school’s strong alumni community, affirming, “I believe the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management is a great place to study and enrich yourself if you are someone passionate about the hospitality industry”.

Sharihan Al Mashary, a graduate of The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) with a BSc (Hons) in International Hospitality Management, is a testament to the transformative power of this institution. Initially on a path toward aviation and aeronautical engineering, Sharihan stumbled upon the world of hospitality.  Now appointed as the first female Emirati General Manager of one of the world’s most valuable real estate development companies, Sharihan has excelled in driving the day-to-day operations of the hotel, focusing on building Emirati talent in the hospitality sector. Her achievements were recognized with the Young Arabian Leader award at the Arabian Investment Hotel Conference in Brussels.

When asked to give a piece of advice to prospective EAHM students, Sharihan states “The hospitality industry is the industry that thinks about your work, your contribution and your results. It’s the results that take you forward: it is your personality, your talent and hard work.”

Are you eager to become the next successful professional in the field of Hospitality and Business? The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management makes it possible. 

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