The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority has announced dates for the professional training and licensing course for tourist guides for Year 2013 and registration is now open for public.

Launched in 2009, the Tourist Guides Licensing and Training Program is offered by the Authority in association with the University of Sharjah and is aimed at encouraging excellence in the tourism sector and improving the quality of services offered to the growing number of international travellers visiting the emirate and the UAE.

The Authority has invited aspiring tourist guides professionals to visit the SCTDA website to register themselves for the upcoming course and get all the necessary details and dates:

Licensing and Training Program:


Registration Deadline

Entrance Exam

Tourist Guide Course Dates 2013

Final Exam


21st March 2013

3rd April 2013

21st  April – 2nd  May, 2013

2nd May, 2013


25th April

5th May

26th May – 6th June

6th June


23rd May

2nd June

23rd June – 4th July

4th July


22nd September

30th Sep

20th – 31st October

31st October


10th October

27th October

10th – 21st November

21st November


The intensive professional course is for both beginners and advanced learners and involves theoretical lessons and practical training.  Established tourist guides as well as professionals who aspire to be part of an ever growing tourism industry in Sharjah and the UAE can benefit from the Sharjah government initiative that has helped scores of professionals since its launch four years ago.

While most of the features of the course remain the same covering all aspects of life in Sharjah and the UAE, this year a new subject, Wildlife and Protected Areas of Sharjah, is being introduced.  It will be taught by officials from Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA).

The course is particularly useful for all those who look forward to meeting and interacting with new people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds and would like to be cultural ambassadors of the emirate and the UAE. Since its launch, the professional tourist guides licensing program, conducted and accredited by University of Sharjah, has been receiving tremendous response from the leading travel and tourism agencies operating in the UAE. A diverse range of the tourism industry professionals belonging to different nationalities, including the Emiratis, have benefited from the popular course.

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