Published August 7th, 2005 - 01:15 GMT

Gulf Air has taken the initiative to train 21 unemployed Bahrainis for three months in its revenue department at the airline’s headquarters in Muharraq.


The training aims at providing learning experience to improve the trainees’ reasoning, confidence, judgment and self-esteem, in addition to cultivating a work culture within the individuals.


“In response to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affair’s attempts to contribute to the community growth by providing solid training to Bahrainis, we took young girls and boys, who are currently out of work in the hope of molding them to fit the country’s labour requirements,” said Gulf Air head of revenue accounting Najeeb Salman Al Dosseri.


“However, we did request the ministry to provide us with candidates ready to fit Gulf Air’s caliber of employees, who are serious enough to go into the labour market after the training period and make something of themselves.”


At the end of the programme trainees will be able to use revenue accounting system, airlines revenue information entry system (Aries), bank settlement plan website (BSP), reservation system and the Oracle system.


“We are really proud of these youngsters and we hope they will gain the experience they need to enter the job market and work themselves up to one day become executives,” said ministry manpower development director Ahmed Al Banna.


“We are grateful to Gulf Air in taking these young Bahraini youths and training them. Because it is establishments like Gulf Air that are able to train and provide work experience to Bahrainis who want to find a job in the market.”


About Gulf Air

Gulf Air was founded in 1950.  Today, it is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is the only truly pan Gulf carrier in the region. The airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 44 cities in 30 countries. The fleet is one of the most modern in the Middle East and comprises 34 aircraft.


The airline, in the last year of a three-year strategic recovery programme, headed by President and Chief Executive James Hogan, is making rapid strides towards regaining profitability in 2005 and aims to further evolve by taking its renowned cultural strengths, which have been gained over more than half a century, into a global environment.


The dramatic turnaround in Gulf Air’s fortunes has won international recognition.  In January 2004, The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) presented the airline with the prestigious Airline Turnaround of the Year Award for 2003. Gulf Air was also the recipient of the 2003 Platinum Award for the Best Airline in the Middle East and North Africa, recognising the airline’s commitment to service excellence.


Winner - Middle East and North African Platinum Best Airline Travel Award 2004

Winner - Skytrax Most Improved Airline Award 2004

Winner - Skytrax Best First Class Onboard Food Category 2004

Winner - Skytrax Best Business Class Check-in Category 2004

Official Airline and Sponsor of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2005

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