Mohamed Hassan joined Jumeirah 12 years ago, and by his own admission had some way to develop into the man he is today. “When I started at Jumeirah I couldn’t write my name in English or even speak the language.”
While his brothers opted for traditional careers in the army and police, the now Associate Director of Operations at Wild Wadi Waterpark chose a different path and is one of around 340 Emiratis employed across Jumeirah Group - making it the biggest employer of UAE nationals in the hospitality industry.
His career began at Jumeirah Emirates Towers and despite the long days - his 12 hour shifts started at 7am - he still found the time to play rugby and his ‘work hard, play hard’mentality started to pay off. He secured a two month stint with the Sharks Academy in Durban, South Africa and since then has represented the UAE international rugby team and played for both the 15s and the 7s teams on multiple occasions. His English rapidly started to improve too. “I started an English course with Jumeirah and then decided to complete an external course to improve further. Rugby helped me aswell, as I was playing with native speakers.”
Fast forward 12 years and Mohamed has risen through the ranks. “As a security guard, we would rotate around different hotels. I started at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, then to Madinat Jumeirah and Wild Wadi Waterpark.”After four years, Mohamed’s Director noticed his eagerness to progress and in 2012 he was put forward for a new role as Assistant Security Manager and in 2012 he progressed to Operations Manager.
Mohamed is now responsible for the day-to-day running of the park, making sure the 30 rides and attractions are safe, as well as the 88 lifeguards on duty and the 2,000 guests who visit the park each day.
“My advice for others would be it's not always about your education. Life experience and skills outside of your education can be just as important. Nothing is easy but hard work always pays off. Set yourself goals and ensure that these goals are met, continue to grow and don't just think that you have one job and that is it. Show others that because you are a UAE National that you will go the extra mile - be an example to both Nationals and expats, alike.”
Explore Wild Wadi Waterpark on your next trip to Dubai, located at the famous Jumeirah Beach Hotel.