First Hospitality Careers for GCC Nationals Symposium Sponsored by Roya International on May 7 at AHIC 2015


Dubai, 29 April 2015:AHIC 2015 in collaboration with Roya International is delighted to announce they will be hosting the first of its kindstudents outreach programme 'Hospitality Careers for GCC Nationals Symposium' on May 7 from 2:30-3:30pm at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

The Symposium will offer a unique platform for students to learn first-hand from world-renowned experts about the hospitality industry; where to start from, what career opportunities the industry provides and how they can find them.

Ahmed Ramdan, Roya International Founder and Group CEO, an Emirati pioneerin the hospitality industry, will head the Symposium with key regional decision makers including: Mustapha Al Hashimi, CEO Hospitality and Leisure at Wasl Hospitality, Saad A Al-Qahtani, Manager of Accomodation at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and Farida Al Raisi Director of Human Resources at Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on hosting the Symposium, Ahmed Ramdan said: "We are all very grateful to AHIC and Benchmark for supporting this important and unique GCC outreach program.  All of us will gain from direct talks with promising young students to see how they see us and what they want."

Ahmed added: "We have to introduce the benefits of the hospitality industry directly to the studentsas most of them are unaware that you don’t have to go to hotel school to have a great career in hospitality. All good opportunities need investment, time and energy to make it happen.  This is a critical issue for the future of the hospitality industry in the GCC and we want to really open the discussion."

The Future of Local talent (Hospitality Careers for GCC Nationals) Symposium will also see participation from career bound seniors from NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus elite Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Scholars Program, who will be attending AHIC and talking openly about how they see the hospitality industry as a profession.                                                                                                   

AHIC 2015 takes place this year from 5-7 May at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The programmeincludes an exciting line up of speakers, plus insightful panel discussions and breakout sessions. Full agenda can be found

The Conference is organised by Bench Events and MEED, and will include key participants such as Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Jumeirah Group, Platinum Sponsors, Accor, Al Habtoor Group, Hilton Worldwide, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Hotel Group as Emerald Sponsors. Centara Hotels & Resorts, Citymax Hotels, Colliers International, Crystal International Standards,ESPA, Faithful + Gould, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Golden Tulip, Hodema Consulting Services, HVS, Insignia Worldwide, Invest Tourism Maldives, JA Hotels & Resorts, JLL, Melia Hotels International, Premier Inn, PwC, Roya, Shaza Hotels, STR Global, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces and Yas Marina Circuit as Gold Sponsors.

About Roya International

Founded in 1998,  Dubai based Ròya ( is an international specialist hospitality consultancy firm offering unparalleled expertise to the hospitality, leisure, tourism,food|beverage and real estate industries.  Headed by Ahmed Ramdan, the group and its more than 60 full time international hospitality professionals offer full range hospitality, advisory and asset management services.  Their sister company RPM are reputed project managers with a broad portfolio of large and small projects managed from concept to turn key delivery.  Contact Rabih Feghali on for more information.

About Bench Events

Bench Events has a long track record of delivering, with its partners, the premier hotel investment events across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, was one of the founders of the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum which is now in its eighteenth year ( In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai (; and in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (  In 2011 Bench Events added two events to its portfolio, co-hosting the Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference ( and the Africa Hotel Investment Forum which in 2013 was held in Nairobi, Kenya ( In 2014 Bench Events launched the Global Restaurant Investment Forum ( in Dubai to great acclaim.  

Bench Events recently supported the Kenyan Red Cross following the Westgate Mall shootings and the anti-poaching efforts of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  In 2014, Bench Events set a world record by playing cricket on top of Mt Kilimanjaro.  Contact Matt Weihs on for more information

About MEED

For 50 years business leaders have been relying on MEED (Middle East Economic Digest) to give them a wealth of factual, unbiased business information that they need to be successful. The MEED brand represents an unrivalled portfolio of high caliber business information products, online services and premier networking events. MEED Conferences is part of the leading information brand in the Middle East working to provide delegates with the very latest business sensitive information. Over the past 12 years, MEED Conferences has organised events attended by senior government officials and thousands of international business people. The conference series is aimed at companies actively seeking business in the markets of the Middle East. MEED is well established as the source of strategic and accurate regional information placing it in a unique position to bring together high-caliber speakers.