HRH Prince Khaled-Al Faisal, King Abdullah Economic City, KSA signs MOU with MISK Foundation for establishment of the Kingdom’s First Culinary Arts Academy in collaboration with ICCA Dubai

DUBAI, FEBRUARY, 2017: International Center for Culinary Arts (ICCA Dubai) is all set to extend its horizons beyond UAE to mark new beginnings with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

HRH Prince Khaled Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, honored by the Governor of Mecca and Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, signed a memorandum of understanding with the MISK Foundation for the Kingdom’s first ever modern Culinary Arts Academy in King Abdulla Economic City (KAEC) in collaboration with the ICCA Dubai.  

This initiative is focused on providing scholarships and training for 500 students who meet the requirements to complete their education and train at the academy. Students who complete the program successfully will get an internationally acclaimed professional certification in food preparation and culinary arts from City & Guilds, London, in addition to receiving support through training and assistance programs to get jobs in the hospitality sector.

The academy is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, to help graduate the next generation of young Saudi chefs. It will offer international training programs for its students both in Arabic and English, and will include online education and practical training. Programs will focus on the commercial production, presentation, and serving of food. In addition, the Academy will focus on teaching its trainees the ability to execute multiple tasks simultaneously, supervisory & leadership skills and will enable them to benefit from international best practices in this field, giving them the powerful start they need in their career path.

KAEC Group CEO and Managing Director Mr. Fahd bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Rasheed commented, “Launching the ICCA Culinary Arts Academy at KAEC comes within a socio-economic initiative aimed at transferring the knowledge & skills required by restaurants and the growing hospitality sector, enabling us to keep up with the acceleration of the Saudi market”.

“The academy will offer intensive training courses and will give patrons for cooking enthusiasts and youth aspiring to enter the local hospitality industry with internationally acclaimed certifications that can enable them to build their career”, Al-Rasheed continued.

He pointed out that the academy would open up new paths for development on both personal and professional levels, improving the levels of localization of this sector in conjunction with Vision 2030.

From his side, MISK Foundation Secretary General Mr. Badr Al-Asaker commented, “The Kingdom’s restaurants and hospitality sector is undergoing noticeable growth, but the owners and operators of these facilities face the challenge of localizing the jobs they provide. Therefore, there is an urgent need for a specialized educational facility in the field of hospitality and culinary arts, in order to meet the needs of the job market with professional standards. The latter can be done by graduating national competencies, which in turn would contribute to the development of the hospitality industry and push it towards growth and development.”

“The International Centre for Culinary Arts – ICCA Dubai, has come a long way in the industry since its inception in the year 2005. Now, the collaboration with KAEC is another milestone in the history of ICCA that strive us to work even harder to provide the world-class culinary education to the aspiring chefs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for which ICCA is known for”, said Mr. Sunjeh Raja, CEO & Director of ICCA Dubai.

About King Abdullah Economic City:

King Abdullah Economic City is one of the biggest privately owned and run projects in the world. Its centerpiece is a comprehensive, 181-square-kilometer city on the eastern coast of the NEWS RELEASE 3 Red Sea, just north of Jeddah. The city is home to seaside neighborhoods that offer a variety of residential solutions to suit various levels of income, as well as the King Abdullah Port, which is set to be one of the largest seaports in the world. The Hijaz District has one of the stations of the Haramain High Speed Rail Project, and the 55km2 Industrial Valley continues to attract top national and international corporations. Listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul,) Emaar Economic City, the primary developer of the city, is a publicly traded Saudi corporation established in 2006.

About ICCA:

Established in 2005, International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA Dubai).  ICCA Dubai is a world-class culinary training centre, accredited by the Internationally Recognized City & Guilds London.  It has been featured amongst the Top 10 Culinary training centres in the World and has been awarded the “Recognition of Quality Culinary Education” by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs), a global authority on food standards. ICCA Dubai has trained over 6000 student chefs over its various programs and maintains a record of 100% work placement for its students who have been successfully placed on International Cruise Lines and Leading Hotels & Restaurants in the UAE.


The core team here consists of individuals who are highly motivated, dedicated and with a keen eye for detail to ensure qulaity delivery. ICCA Dubai stays true to its mission and remains committed to providing the opportunity for its students to realize their dreams through applied knowledge and the hands on approach here ensures that our students are given personalized attention to help achieve their very best. The laurels and achievements of our students are a testimony of our absolute commitment.

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