Travel and Tourism Students Become Dubai Discoverers

The College’s travel and tourism students completed a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Dubai, where they traded textbooks for industry tips and tricks. The trip, designed to immerse students in the vibrant culture and heritage of the region, offered a unique blend of exploration and adventure.

No sooner had they touched down than they commenced exploring, starting with a photo stop at the iconic Burj Al Arab and famous Atlantis The Palm hotel. The students also had the opportunity to visit the Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah for a hotel tour, giving them a behind-the-scenes look at the hospitality industry before then scaling the famous Burj Khalifa for panoramic views of the city.

Students visited the Gold and Spice Souk, a bustling marketplace steeped in tradition. They learned about regional spices and their uses, witnessed the art of bartering for handcrafted items, and gained a deeper understanding of the region’s rich trade history.

The cultural immersion continued with an unforgettable desert excursion. Students delved into Bedouin customs with a thrilling dune bashing experience, which was followed by a starlit barbecue under the vast desert sky. The evening culminated in exciting activities, including traditional henna painting, belly dancing, and camel rides, which offered a firsthand glimpse into the exquisite cultural tapestry of Dubai.

Yvonne Pearce, Assistant Principal said: “The residential trip to Dubai was not only educational but also an unparalleled experience for our travel and tourism students. The attractions visited were diverse and captivating, showcasing the best of what Dubai has to offer. It was a trip that will be remembered for years to come, and one that has undoubtedly enriched the students’ understanding of the travel and tourism industry and what career options are available to them upon completion of their course.”

Principal CEO, Virginia Barrett added: “Farnborough College of Technology is committed to providing its students with enriching learning experiences that extend beyond traditional academics and this trip was a fantastic opportunity to see the skills they are learning in the classroom put into practice in the current travel and tourism industry.”

The College is enthusiastic about equipping students with the practical, up-to-date skills they need to thrive in their chosen careers. From residential trips, to simulated workplace environments, the College strives to empower students and set them up for success in their future endeavours.

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