Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has launched the region’s first Retail Business School, designed to build state-of-the-art learning into the company’s employee professional development and help foster a new generation of innovative retail industry leaders in the UAE.
The Majid Al Futtaim Retail Business School will focus exclusively on dynamic learning programmes for employees running its Carrefour operations as the company seeks to accelerate its ambitious growth plans. Around 2,500 employees are expected to benefit from professional development opportunities at the School this year.
The campus, which is located at its Carrefour premises in Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, offers a modern and stylish purpose-built environment incorporating a cutting-edge Virtual Reality training room (the first of its kind known in the region), paperless classrooms, a multimedia studio, social spaces, catering facilities and a formal boardroom. Students can also take advantage of a Digital Library while attending classes on-site.
Commenting on the opening of the School, Miguel Povedano, Chief Operating Officer of Carrefour UAE and Head of Operational Excellence at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “Majid Al Futtaim’s new Retail Business School is testament to our commitment to talentism and investing in our people at the highest levels. In fact, three out of four managers at Carrefour have reached their position via an internal promotion. They are our greatest asset and our company’s future success is dependent on their professional development and active embodiment of our corporate values. Ultimately, it’s our people who we rely on to deliver great moments to every customer walking into Carrefour and this substantial investment in them is a direct recognition of this.”