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Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has certified 21 new tour guides to support its efforts to introduce growing numbers of visitors to the Emirate’s culture and heritage offering. This includes the 19th century Dhaya Fort, the early 20th century pearl fishing port of Al Jazirah Al Hamra, the blend of culture and adventure at the traditional Bedouin Oasis Camp, the bronze age settlement of Shimal featuring the ruins of The Queen of Sheba Palace and the Old Town Souq.
Amongst the new tour guides, are three Emirati Nationals representing different government entities from across Ras Al Khaimah who are ideally placed to bring to life the rich tribal history of the destination and the unique historical and cultural experiences on offer for tourists from across the globe.
The newly certified tour guides will be eligible to join tourism focused organisations and companies that operate cultural experiences for visitors, including city tours, heritage site tours and wider sightseeing within the Emirate.
Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “Ras Al Khaimah offers a rustic historical and cultural experience with more and more tourists looking to discover authentic Arabia when they visit. To meet this demand, it’s important for us to strengthen our team of tour guides and we’re delighted that three of our national residents have chosen to be part of this scheme. Their insight and passion will not only help us to showcase the Emirate’s rich culture and heritage but bring to life these historic sites with unique first hand cultural knowledge, helping us attract our target of 1 million tourists by the end of this year.”
Hessa Al Ali is one of the Emirati certified tour guides and she said: “I have explored a great number of historical sites and activities across the UAE and have always been keen to share these experiences with friends and the people I meet. This opportunity has exceeded my expectations and provided me with resources to promote my own rich culture to visitors in Ras Al Khaimah.”
The intensive six-day training course took place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ras Al Khaimah, requiring all participants to pass a final exam before being licensed to carry out tour guide responsibilities in Ras Al Khaimah. The course provides specific training solutions across the tourism sector to ensure that tourism industry in the Emirate continues its world-class development with trained and professional individuals interacting with tourists and offering visitors to Ras Al Khaimah guided tours to its various sites.
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