Ten future leaders of Dubai Parks and Resorts recently completed a certificate program in theme park management through a partnership with the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Participants spent six months in Orlando for the program, which included various training modules and job shadowing experiences at LEGOLAND® Florida.

Dubai Parks and Resorts will be the region’s largest integrated theme park destination when it opens in October. It will be comprised of three theme parks, in addition to Riverland™ Dubai, a retail, dining and entertainment walkway, and the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian-themed resort for families managed by the Marriott Group.

The program’s goal was to teach new managers how to efficiently manage theme parks ahead of the fall opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ three main attractions – motiongate™ Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND® Water Park. Rosen College’s training covered theme park and attraction management, guest services management, operational issues in the theme park and attraction industry, managing the employee experience, risk management and managing the guest experience.

Due to the success of the initial cohort, several Rosen College professors will travel to Dubai this summer to deliver the certificate program to 40 additional Dubai Parks and Resorts managers.

“Dubai Parks and Resorts’ partnership with the Rosen College is an exciting platform within our extensive Emiratisation programme, which will not only provide graduates with on the ground training, but also practical knowledge to help develop a new generation of Emirati theme park leaders,” Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, told ArabianBusiness.com.

For more information about educational partnership opportunities with Rosen College, please contact Dr. Youcheng Wang at 407.903.8039 or Youcheng.Wang@ucf.edu.