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Emirati Tour Guide

Support And Training Programmes For UAE Nationals

Our Emirati Tour Guide programme is a joint initiative between the Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and the Department of Economic Development (DED). The programme has been designed for UAE Nationals residing in the city. It is free of charge and offers Emiratis the opportunity to become a licensed Dubai Tour Guide.

Please note an AED170 charge applies for the English assessment

Who should register?

  • Everyone with an interest in starting a business in the tourism sector (including part-time opportunity seekers)
  • Everyone with a passion for Dubai's history, heritage and culture, as well as the emirate’s various landscapes, leisure offerings, architecture, and more.

What are the programme benefits?

  • Tour guide training and certification, including language training
  • Content and tour development assistance 
  • Access to Dubai tourism travel agents, tour operators and other entities within Dubai’s tourism network
  • Access to Dubai SME assistance funds
  • Opportunity to establish an official licensed tourism company (Intalaq Licence)

What does it take to become a tour guide?

Successful completion of the ten-day Dubai tour guide award, which covers the following:

  • General information about Dubai, including geography, culture and heritage, economy, as well as key organisations
  • Organisation and management of groups, including planning and preparation, time management, assertiveness and emergency management
  • Presentation skills, including communication techniques, active listening and complaint management, as well as language and cultural awareness
  • First aid training to manage everyday incidents

Eligibility requirements include:

  • High school certificate, police clearance certificate, passport or Emirates ID, language test, personal photo

How to register for this course?

  • For registration and more information about dates and timings, please visit then proceed to the end of the page and click create a new account.


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