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With the aim of uplifting the lives of Filipino expatriates in the UAE and anywhere in the Middle East, the Filipino institute was established on November 19, 2015.

The training facility, with uniquely designed professional programs, is the brainchild of Gabriel John Rimando, 36. He is a Filipino account who has lived and worked in Dubai since 2007.

Pres. Rimando is a certified international public accountant, certified international management accountant, certified manager, certified professional trainer, Certified Professional Senior Auditor, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Project Management, Masters in Finance.

He is also an enthusiast of photography and sports; particularly basketball and biking.
He believes that through his advocacy of knowledge-sharing, he is able to empower Filipinos by providing access to high quality and affordable education.

Since opening its first training facility at the Al Ouoz District of Dubai in 2015, the institute now has 15 branches, specifically in Al Rigga, BurJuman. Business Village and Jumeirah Lakes Towers in the emirate, as well as in Sharjah, Ajman and Abu Dhabi and many more.

The institute stepped up its presence in Oatar by opening a campus at West Bay in November 2016 and at Al Waab a month later. And on the same month, it branched out to Bahrain and in Kuwait, marking another milestone in its Middle East journey.

FI offers 70 different short courses such as photography, accounting, caregiving, IT-skills training, guitar, Arabic language classes, human resources and office administration, among others.

Students can choose from basic, intermediate, and advanced courses designed to update their skills and knowledge.

Recently, the Filipino Institute started offering Masters in Business Administration in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Bahrain. It is also set to offer review centers for aspiring nurses, teachers, and public accountants.

These certifications aim to help them advance their career or give them a competitive edge in the job market.

In a span of four years, Filipino Institute has produced 120,000 graduates in the UAE and some countries within the GCC.

Pres. Rimando has now set his sights on Oman and Saudi Arabia as well as in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Brunei this 2020.

“The expansion is no mean feat but definitely doable,” he said.
Recently, the Filipino Institute has successfully launched 9 big projects for this year which comprises of 4 social groups namely The Association of Filipino Caregivers, Sports Club, HR and Alumni Club, and Camera Club. It also paved way to the start of their review centers, seminars, and leadership trainings as well as the reactivation of their TiFID Card. They also embarked in using the digital platform to inspire more Filipinos through The Global Filipino Show. A weekly live simulcast that will highlight the success stories of Filipinos around the globe.


“Hindi dapat tayo tumigil sa pagiging gutom sa pag-aaral at pagsusumikap na gumanda ang ating buhay” – Pres. Gabriel John Rimando

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