TAQDEER AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TO DISTINGUISHED COMPANIES AND WORKERS ON DECEMBER 17
Judging Committee endorses Taqdeer Award 2018 winners
Dhahi Khalfan: Award setting a distinguished labour culture
Obaid bin Suroor: 77.5 % jump in participating companies
Dubai, December 15, 2018: The Judging Committee of Taqdeer Award, launched under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has endorsed the organisations, companies, engineers and workers to be the winners of 3rd cycle of the Taqdeer Award 2018.
Held in the Dubai Police Officers Club, the Committee meeting was attended by His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Police and General Security and Chairman of the Taqdeer Award Judging Committee.
The Committee members included Eng. Dawood Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director General of General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai), Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA), Major General Obaid Moheir bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of GDRFA-Dubai and Chairman of Taqdeer Award, Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, Member of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Board and Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources Sector at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in addition to a representative from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP).
The panel started the meeting by expressing their thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his support and sound guidance which contributed to the Award’s success and the fulfilment of its objectives.
The members reviewed the development stages of the Taqdeer Award and the criteria used to select the winning companies and workers. They stressed the importance of the Award in strengthening the reputation of the UAE in the field of protecting the workers’ rights and building the best of relations between the two sides of the production equation – companies and workers.
They endorsed the list of winning companies and workers from all targeted sectors, and indicated that the Award, now in its 3rd cycle, is strengthening its presence and disseminating its culture with each new cycle, and is moving forward to achieve its planned objectives.
The winning companies, engineers and workers will be announced and awarded during a big ceremony to be held 17 December at The Meydan Hotel, in the presence of the His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed and dignitaries.
Organised annually, the Award is the world’s first-of-a-kind points-based reward system to recognise excellence in labour welfare practices and promote international best practices in this field.
Construction companies, factories and Dubai Free Zones companies are included in the third edition, thereby bringing the number of workers targeted by the Award to about one million. The points system evaluates companies based on basic criteria, such as labour policies and work environment, including factors such as communication, creativity and innovation, regulations and provisions, as well as results based on business perceptions and performance indicators.
About 100 highly qualified and experienced assessors from different economic and professional sectors participated in the smart evaluation processes of companies’ applications.
Commenting on the achievements of the Award, Dhahi Khalfan stressed that it is a quality addition in the UAE in the field of protecting both the workers and employers rights and goes towards strengthening the State’s efforts.
He pointed out that the Award enhances the standards of excellence in the relationship between the two sides of the productive equation – companies and workers- in line with Dubai Government’s vision to become the best place in the world to live, work and invest.
Major General Obaid bin Suroor thanked the participants of the judging panel for their efforts and support for the Award. He also thanked the sponsors of the Award, including DEWA, Dubai Municipality, GDRFA-D, emaratech, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), Emirates NBD Bank and flydubai. He expressed his appreciation and thanks to the team of assessors for their sincere efforts and dedication in delivering their Award-assigned tasks and their active role in achieving its objectives.
He said: “The Award has started to make its way towards achieving greater success in building the best of relations between companies and their workers and introducing each side to its rights and obligations towards the other; which is, in itself, a great achievement which results in building up over time Dubai’s reputation and prominence as a model city in building relationships among more than 34,000 companies and one million workers covered by the Award.”
He said more companies submitted their applications to participate in the Award this year reflects the greater scope it has attained and its greater exposure at local and international levels. The participation increased by 77.5% compared with its 2nd cycle in 2017.
Honouring Companies and Workers
Following desk research and field visits to the companies to ensure the accuracy of the information presented in their Award nomination applications, the team of assessors selected winning companies based on an approved criteria and ensured they have fulfilled all related provisions.