Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 2016: UAE-based JA Resorts & Hotels is proud to highlight the achievements of the Emirati female associates on its team. The hospitality group has seen a number of its Emirati talent rise through the ranks and take on leadership positions within the organisation. JA Resorts & Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer, David Thomson, states: “We take great pride in nurturing and growing our local talent through our strong Emiratisation program and have implemented a fast track recruitment process to source, select and recruit outstanding UAE National candidates. We are particularly delighted to see the strong work ethic and drive amongst the female employees on our workforce.”

JA Resorts & Hotels displays a strong agenda for the development of their Emirati talent. The hospitality brand also provides opportunities for its UAE National associates to join and participate in professional hospitality industry associations such as “The Union Internationale des Concierges ďHôtels”, “Les Clefs d’ Or UAE.”, “AICR Côte ďAzur UAE”, “The Emirates Culinary Guild” etc. The hospitality group is proactive in sending its UAE National associates on externally run college and university courses and training programs to further their development in the field. In addition, it recognises the importance that mentors can play in harnessing talent and runs a successful “Hotelier Role Models Mentoring Programme” to source and equip selected line managers with the skills to be mentors to the UAE National associates.

JA Resorts & Hotels’ Corporate Human Resources Emiratisation Director, Ghanim Al Marri, states: “JA Resorts & Hotels have supported the recruitment, development and career progression of the UAE National women in the hospitality industry, for over fifteen years as a founding member of the DTCM’s Emiratisation Taskforce for Tourism. Now we have women in leading roles in Human Resources Food & Beverages, Housekeeping, Central Reservations, and Security. On the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day 2016 JA Resorts & Hotels would like to thank all Emirati women for their contributions in building the UAE’s private sector.”


Rafiah Haj joined JA Resorts & Hotels with a background in HR and involvement in the Emirates National Development Program of the Executive Office. She and her team were instrumental in the hiring of 3,000 UAE nationals into the private sector in 2007. She has continued her valuable work in her role as the Emiratisation Manger at JA Resorts & Hotels. Rafia sees Her Excellency Ohood Al Roomy, UAE’s minister of Happiness, as a huge influence and is inspired by Her Excellency’s quote stating: “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”


1Sara Ahmed -Group Recruitment Executive. 1Sara Ahmed joined JA Resorts & Hotels as a Management Trainee in the Front Office at Oasis Beach Hotel in August 2006. She has since risen to the role of Corporate Recruitment Executive of the hospitality group after gaining experience as the Personal Assistant to the Group Emiratisation Director. “I enjoy the dynamism that is a part of my current role. I have continued to learn and develop through my journey at JA Resorts & Hotels and find the process of recruitment in the digital age extremely interesting. The happiness I see on the faces of selected candidates also adds immense gratification to my job”, says Sara.

“As a UAE-based organisation, we want to ensure that we play our part in the development of local talent in the country and pay particular attention to providing the right support to our female Emirate associates to ensure their success.”, concluded Mr. Thomson, Chief Operating Officer of JA Resorts & Hotels.


Dubai-based JA Resorts & Hotels, owned by the Dutco Group of Companies, is an international hospitality company with over 30 years’ experience in managing and operating resorts and hotels. JA Resorts & Hotels employs approaching 2,000 associates across an inspiring portfolio and is proud of its rich diversity of cultures and nationalities.

JA Resorts & Hotels’ award-winning portfolio includes the all-suite five-star JA Palm Tree Court and JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel within the award-winning JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, which was recently recognised with a Blue Flag certification, showcasing the properties efforts in sustaining its high quality beach. The four-star JA Ocean View Hotel, as well as the deluxe hotel apartments of JA Oasis Beach Tower, are both located along ‘The Walk’ in Dubai Marina. JA Resorts & Hotels are dedicated in maintaining high standards of sustainability at all properties, with their efforts being rewarded at two of the properties, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort and JA Ocean View Hotel which have both been awarded a Green Globe Certification. JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio also includes the Hatta Fort Hotel, a secluded getaway located in the mountainous area of Hatta. The company also offers a floating prestige dining experience in the form of Bateaux Dubai on the Dubai Creek. Additionally, Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre, the JA Centre of Excellence and the JA Shooting Club. In addition to its UAE based properties, JA Resorts & Hotels extended their offering with two five-star tropical resorts in the Indian Ocean – Enchanted Island Resort in the Seychelles and JA Manafaru in the Maldives. The company’s third luxury beach resort, JA Eclipse Beach Resort, is under construction on the East Coast of Sri Lanka and is due to open in 2018.

JA Resorts & Hotels LLC is a limited liability company with share capital of AED 10,000,000 and licensed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, under Licence No. 230295.

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