This is the fifth year in succession that a group of special needs students — Over 18 years of age —from Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre are being given the opportunity to receive work training at Villa Rotana, Rihab Rotana and Rimal Rotana hotels.
This hotels initiative, a first-of-its-kind humanitarian project initiated in the UAE in 2009, was launched with an aim to open the door to specialized training of special needs students. Each year, the project receives in each of the three hotels, between three and six Rashid Centre students selected by the Centre’s management to receive eight to ten months of training under the supervision of the Centre’s social assistance cell and the human resource department of the hotels.
Mr. Kinan Al Ghraoui, the General Manager of the three hotels said: “Villa Rotana, Rihab Rotana and Rimal Rotana are always committed to support young students with special needs and make sure that they become familiar with a real work environment. They are gaining professional skills that will help them get jobs in similar areas”
“Villa, Rihab and Rimal Rotana colleagues fully take the students under their wings and teach them everything they need to know. It’s amazing how they embrace the students and maintain high expectations for them,” Mr. Al Ghraoui said. He also mentioned that, “Together, we must put the most vulnerable at the heart of our actions to achieve a better life for all”.
Mrs. Mariam Othman, General Manager of Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre, commented, “A proud moment for Villa, Rihab & Rimal and Rashid Center, today we celebrate our young graduates and we are extremely proud and content with this permanent cooperation of many years with Villa, Rihab and Rimal Rotana, by which our children acquire vocational skills to help them in the future with better job opportunities which will allow them to live with dignity when they graduate. The contribution of Villa, Rihab and Rimal Rotana in the rehabilitation of many students with special needs is indispensable as it helps the students in achieving a real integration with the entire society”.
Mr. Kinan Al Ghraoui also thanked the sponsors of the event, Al Ghurair Centre, Wild Wadi Water Park, Baby shop, Sparky’s and Flash powder photography for making this event successful. The completion of the training programme was followed by a graduation ceremony conducted by Villa Rotana, Rihab Rotana and Rimal Rotana organized under the patronage and presence of Mr. Abduljalil Musabah, Board Member of the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, where all the participants receive a graduation certificate from Rotana Hotels and Resorts.