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UAE's FM sector CSR plans are focusing on employees

by Neha Bhatia on Jun 1, 2017

Dhofar Global at Mawaheb for Beautiful People’s premises.
Dhofar Global at Mawaheb for Beautiful People’s premises.

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Last year has been a busy one for corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme planners in the Middle East’s FM sector.

In July 2016, Dulsco, in association with Dubai Industrial Park, inaugurated the first medical clinic within the latter’s premises to address the needs of over 42,000 labourers across three labour villages.

The clinic is listed with all major insurance companies in the UAE to extend maximum support and convenience to the workforce.

The health facility provides end-to-end medical services, including outpatient consultation, pre-employment and occupational health check-ups, health counselling therapy, and radiology, and also features a pharmacy.

The independent pharmacy enables easy access and availability to medication and treatments, as well as general medical practitioners that are on call to attend to the patients.

In addition, the clinic boasts a well-equipped laboratory to cater to any follow-up diagnostic tests that need to be scheduled as well.

Remarking on the clinic’s launch, Saud Abu Alshawareb, COO, Dubai Industrial Park, said: “We are delighted to partner with Dulsco to launch this healthcare facility at Dubai Industrial Park. The facility will offer high-quality medical care and serve as an important value addition to our community.

“The health and safety of our communities and workforce is a core priority for us and this clinic will ensure the workforce across the industrial park starts to take its health more seriously.”

Prakash Parab, director for HR solutions at Dulsco, added: “We highly prioritise our CSR mandate, and consider health to be a cornerstone of workplace efficiency.

“Through this initiative, Dulsco is pleased to guide workers towards a healthy lifestyle through educating them about the importance of regular health check-ups and medical consultations,” Parab added.

Dulsco also has another clinic in Al Quoz that caters to patients in and around the locality, including more than 10,000 Dulsco employees.

However, Dulsco’s is only one of the many initiatives launched by regional FM outfits during the year. Most notably, employee health and development was a prominent theme in last year’s CSR programmes.

This is perhaps best evidenced by the list of CSR initiatives implemented by the company behind fmME Awards 2017’s highly commended CSR Initiative of the Year, Transguard Group.

This February, Transguard announced it has joined forces with Al Tadawi Medical Centre to develop a medical clinic in Jebel Ali, Dubai.