We are pleased to showcase the launch of the first-of-its-kind academic programme for the people of determination with Down Syndrome in the field of hospitality in collaboration with Emirates Down Syndrome Association (EDSA). With the assistance and guidance of Chef Michael Kitts along with other esteemed faculty, these students will be given the chance to upskill themselves in the basics of culinary and housekeeping.

Dr Manal Jaroor, Chairperson of EDSA, expressed her sincere appreciation and deep gratitude to the Academy on behalf of the Board members, people of determination with Down Syndrome and their families for providing this opportunity in this vital sector: “It is not surprising that our country is distinguished by such great academy, in light of the directions and ambitious vision of our wise leadership to always be at the forefront in all fields.”

Emirates Down Syndrome Association is a Humanitarian Public Benefit Association accredited by the Ministry of Community Development in 2006 to serve the people of determination with Down Syndrome from birth and of all ages and nationalities. They believe in including and empowering them by achieving their full potential and maximizing their skills to participate effectively and productively in society.