Qatar International Golf Club’s (QIGC) Deputy General Manager, Mohamed Al-Naimi, was amongst four GCC Nationals who completed the Club Managers Association of Europe’s (CMAE) Management Development Programme Part 1. The course was attended by 34 delegates from across the GCC, Asia and Europe, all embarking on the Club Management education path which aims to help club managers better secure the continued success of their clubs.
After completing the course, Mohammed Al-Naimi, Deputy General Manager, QIGC said: “It has been an extremely valuable learning experience to take part in a programme that is recognised globally for enhancing and developing the professionalism of club management. At Qatar International Golf Club we strive to provide the highest level of quality, starting with the internal management and staff which will in turn filter down through the golf club and provide a world-class facility for our members. It has been even more rewarding to be one of the first Qatari members to take part in the programme.”
The week long programme which took place from 29th May to 2nd June 2016 saw spokespersons Mike Braidwood, Darshan Singh and Jason Koenigsfeld educating and informing delegates on standardising best practices in golf clubs across the world, including the 10 core competencies of a modern club manager such as Club Governance, Strategy & Leadership, Risk Management and Facilities Management.
Dubai Golf’s Chief Executive Christopher May CCM commented, “We are delighted to see the huge interest in the first CMAE Management Development Programme to be held in the Middle East. It is the largest MDP 1 course held anywhere to date, with delegates from Europe, Asia, Africa as well as the MENA region. It is encouraging to see four GCC Nationals taking their first steps down the Club Management education path, which is a positive for the industry in the region. A range of excellent speakers covering all core competencies assembled in what proved to be a very valuable week for all attendees.”
Mike Braidwood, Director of Education, CMAE, added: “CMAE started the Management development programme in Europe in 2011. To bring the programme to Dubai has been a long term plan of the Association and the response has been phenomenal with 34 delegates signing up - this is a record for CMAE and just shows the appetite amongst the club industry in the Middle East for high level education. CMAE’s mission is to advance the profession of club management throughout Europe and the Middle East, promote best practice in the club industry, and provide a certification programme which recognises and rewards those club managers that can demonstrate the highest standards of knowledge and competence in club management. The staging of our first programme in Dubai is significant in helping us achieve our mission.”
QIGC is a landmark project for Qatar and the world of golf, offering a revolutionary and holistic approach to growing the game of golf. The innovative facility, which will be located in Qatar Education City, has been designed to support every member of society regardless of age or ability – from complete beginners to the world’s leading professionals – and focusses on accessibility and enjoyment. To find out more please visit www.qigolfclub.com.
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