2008, Dubai

The Dubai chapter of the International Association for Front Office Managers and Assistant Hotel Managers, in partnership with the DTCM and supported by key sponsors.

More than 150 international hospitality professionals will travel to the emirate from April 16-20, for the AICR International Receptionist of the Year competition.

The annual presidium will be hosted by Dubai, one of the organisation’s newest international chapters, for the first time in its 40-year history.

A total of 11 finalists, one from each country chapter, will compete for the prestigious David Campbell Trophy under the scrutiny of an international judging panel, presided over by AICR International president, Michael Stenner.

The week culminates in a gala dinner and awards ceremony to be held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel (link is external).

Dubai chapter finalist, Simba Eric Mhuriro from the Oasis Beach Tower (link is external), will represent the emirate in this prestigious competition, and is one of an ever-growing number of talented young professionals taking the booming hotel industry forward in the emirate.

Delegates representing11 international chapters, from Estonia to New Zealand, will enjoy an action-packed week in the emirate which includes the opportunity to network with locally-based hospitality professionals and leading tourism companies, as well as explore the four corners of Dubai.

The schedule of planned activities includes a tailored city tour and lunch at Dubai Museum, dinner on board Bateaux Dubai, a performance of Jumana – Secret of the Desert light and sound show, and cultural desert experience.

Programme

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Individual arrival of all finalists of the David Campbell Trophy, their section’s Presidents and the members of the Jury at Dubai International Airport. Individual Check-in at the Fairmont Dubai (our official Presidium Hotel).

Registration for the Presidium at the AICR desk in the lobby of Fairmont hotel.
19:30 Meeting in lobby for Presidents and Finalists for transfer to Bateaux Dubai
Private dinner for ROTY International candidates with Patrick de la Mar.
Transfer back to the hotel – Cash Bar open for night owls!
Dress Code: Casual

Thursday, 17 April 2008

08:30 – 18:00 Finals of the Competition David Campbell “Receptionist of the Year 2008”, Fairmont Dubai (link is external).
12:00 – 13:00 Light Lunch for the Jury.
Individual arrival of all Presidium participants at Dubai International Airport.
Individual Check-in at the Fairmont Dubai (link is external) (our official Presidium Hotel).
Registration for the Presidium at the AICR desk in the lobby of  the Fairmont Hotel (link is external).
18:30 Get-Together of all AICR Presidium participants in the lobby and transfer to Jumana – Secret Of The Desert at Al Sahra Desert Resort
Transfer back to the hotel – Cash Bar open for night owls!

Dress Code: Casual

Friday, 18 April 2008

09:00 – 11:00 Big Bus Tour around the Dubai Creek.
11:00 – 12:30 Visit Dubai Museum including a guided walking tour through the Bastakiya.The district is a step back in time to the days before electricity and air-conditioning, where traditional courtyard houses were cooled by wind towers.
Dress Code: Casual

08:30 AICR Presidents Meeting, at the Fairmont Dubai.
Dress Code: Business Attire
12:30 – 14:00 Visit Souq Madinat
14:00 Transfer back to the hotel or to Mall of the emirates, the Regions largest Mall.
18:00 Get-Together of all AICR Presidium participants in the lobby, Bus transfer from the Fairmont Dubai (link is external) to Jumeirah.
19:00 Gala Dinner on the event lawn of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel (link is external) and David Campbell Trophy Award Ceremony.
Dress Code: Black Tie
00:00 – 00:30 Bus transfers back to the hotel.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Morning at leisure

16:00 Desert Experience. This off-road arabian adventure takes you from the bustle of Dubai city to the desert of golden sand dunes. You will experience a dune drive, Belly dancing and a barbeque dinner.
21:30 Transfer back to the hotel – Cash Bar open for night owls!
Dress Code: Casual, flat shoes for ladies

Sunday, 20 April 2008

10:00 Meeting in the lobby and transfer to the Four Seasons Golf Club
10:30 Brunch by the Golf Course for all participants
Dress Code: Casual

12:30 Transfer back to hotel or Dubai International Airport

AICR Presidium 2008 sponsors:

DTCM, Jebel Ali International Hotels, Jumeirah, Fairmont Dubai, Big Bus, USA Today and Concierge magazine.

For more information visit: www.aicr-dubai.com (link is external)