- Interns worked in hospitality, real estate, automotive divisions of Al Habtoor Group
- Students individually mentored, gained hands-on work experience
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Founding Chairman of Al Habtoor Group (AHG) recognized a group of 23 students from Emirates International School (EIS), for successfully completing a summer internship programme within the Group’s different divisions.
The Chairman Al Habtoor personally awarded the interns their certificates, with a personal note of appreciation for their hard work over the summer period, in an event held at the AHG head office in Jumeirah. Mohammed Khalaf Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO; Maan Halabi, Managing Director; Sanjeev Agarwala, Chief Operating Officer – Real Estate and Investments, Al Habtoor Group; and Amna Al Habtoor, Director of EIS Schools, also attended the event.
The 23 interns, placed in various AHG divisions according to their areas of professional interest, had the opportunity to work in the Group’s hospitality properties such as Habtoor Grand Resort, Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, Metropolitan Hotel Dubai, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah; at Al Habtoor Motors; Diamondlease vehicle rentals, and the Group headquarters.
EIS encourages motivated and ambitious students to pursue the internships, which offer a wealth of challenging tasks and exposure to day-to-day business operations in a highly professional environment. AHG’s internship programme, which has been successfully running for five years, annually takes in around 20 to 40 students for a period ranging from two weeks to a month, giving them exposure to real-world, hands-on work experience. The internship programme is carefully structured to provide a clear insight into different industries and job roles, helping students decide from a plethora of career options in the future.
Khalaf Al Habtoor personally congratulated each student, heard from them about their experience at the leading UAE conglomerate and wished them the best for the future. He said: “Through their academic life, students lead a balanced, nurtured life. Internship programmes provide them with a real-life experience, with responsibility and deadlines. We have been welcoming EIS students for years to offer the best to these budding minds, render them with valuable skills, and a deeper learning experience outside their academic settings in actual workplace environments.”
He added: “The Group, with its divisions across different sectors — from hospitality to real estate and automotive — is uniquely set up to provide youngsters with diverse job experiences and introduce them to work structures and processes in each industry.”
The heads of EIS schools, whose students make up the majority of interns, also expressed their gratification at the results of the AHG internship programme. Pratibha Rao, School Principal of EIS Jumeirah, said: “Every year, our students who intern at Al Habtoor Group return with enhanced self-confidence and skills that adds to their academic achievement and personal development.”
Kathryn Dyche Nichols, School Principal, EIS Meadows noted: “As part of EIS schools’ ethos to let students experience additional learning outside the scope of schooling, Al Habtoor Group’s internships give them the perfect platform to expand their knowledge, future prospects and put them on the right career paths.”