Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Stenden University Qatar signed a Letter of Agreement to initiate a new training programme to develop professional tour guides for Qatar.
The Letter of Agreement was signed by QTA Chairman, Issa Bin Mohamad Al Mohannadi, and Stenden University Qatar President, Wayne Johnson. Also in attendance from Stenden University Qatar were Otmane Sadoki, Head of Academic Operations, Simone Arnheiter, Head of Marketing, Sohair Abul-Haija, Senior Academic Specialist Advisor and Vera Rassam, Student Affairs Manager.
QTA Chairman, Eng Issa Al Mohannadi, said:
‘As part of QTA’s mission in developing human capital, we initiated the Tour Guide License Program to ensure Qatar’s tour guides are professional. By initiating this Program it comes in line with QTA’s plan to develop the human resources in the tourism sector. Thus, launching this programme is considered to be a first step in a series of training programmes for developing human resources working in the tourism sector and to raise efficiency in the local market to provide tourist services matching international standards.’
The Tour Guide License Program will cover the history of Qatar from the Al Ubaidi Period through the Bronze Age, Kassite Period, Greek and Roman influences, Sasonid Period, Islamic Period, Umayyad and Abbassid Period and Bani Khalid Time right up to British Rule and recent contemporary history of Qatar. The programme will also cover the rulers of Qatar, the Al Thani Dynasty and the country’s geography, plants and wildlife, land characteristics and weather. In addition, the course will include an introduction to tourism and tour guiding, the tourism system, developing communications skills, customer care, conducting tours, health and safety and legal and ethical issues.
The Tour Guide course at Stenden will be open to Qatari high school graduates, who are already familiar with the country’s history and culture and able to speak both English and Arabic.
Stenden University Qatar was established in 2000 as CHN University, a university based in Holland. Now known as Stenden University Qatar, the Dutch university in Qatar delivers four-year bachelor programmes in business administration with the three majors of International Business and Management Studies, International Hospitality Management and International Tourism Management.