CMAE Hosts Successful Management Development Courses in Abu Dhabi

The Club Management Association of Europe (CMAE) proudly hosted its highly anticipated Management Development Programs (MDP) Part 1 and Part 2 in Abu Dhabi from May 13-17, 2024. The two courses attracted 46 delegates from various backgrounds in the club industry across Europe and the Middle East.

The Management Development Programme, known for its comprehensive curriculum, provided participants with cutting-edge strategies and tools to effectively manage and lead their clubs.

MDP Part 1 focused on club operations and provided delegates with a comprehensive understanding of the 11 core competencies of club management, including food and beverage, finance, leadership, marketing, health and safety, HR and legislation, equipping them with the tools needed to excel in their roles.

MDP Part 2 delved deeper into Leading and Managing the Club Team, with particular focus on leadership development and strategy with delegates also working in teams on a group case study which was presented on the final day.

The event was held at the W Abu Dhabi Yas Island, providing a luxurious environment for learning and professional growth. The delegates also enjoyed the vibrant culture and hospitality of Abu Dhabi with a special visit to Yas Marina Formula 1 track arranged, further enhancing their experience.

The program’s success is reflected in the positive feedback from the delegates, who praised the quality of the content, the expertise of the educators, and the camaraderie of the group.

“What a week it was!” Said Jamie Coughlin, Head Academy Professional at TopGolf Dubai who was a delegate on the MDP 2. “The Lumina Spark and Team Building classes were particularly insightful, providing me with numerous strategies to enhance my team’s performance back at work. The knowledge and techniques I gained from these sessions are invaluable and have already started to make a positive difference in our daily operations.

Additionally, as always, connecting with the network was an enjoyable and enriching experience. The opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with fellow professionals is one of the highlights of this program. I am already looking forward to the next week of learning and the continued journey of professional development.”

Majd Najada, Secretary General at Jordan Golf Federation added “I had the privilege of participating in the MDP 1 program, and it was an incredible journey. From day one, I was immersed in a collaborative and innovative environment that pushed me to think, discuss, and work effectively in interdisciplinary teams.

The program provided a unique blend of knowledge and skills. The mentorship from experienced professionals and presenters was invaluable, and I appreciated the emphasis on real-world applications.

Overall, MDP 1 not only enhanced my knowledge of technical abilities but also fostered my personal growth. I developed strong relationships with my fellow participants, got an amazing networking opportunity and learned to communicate effectively, and gained confidence in my abilities. I am grateful for this transformative experience and look forward to continuing my journey in MDP 2.”