Dubai free zones launch labourer welfare award

Re’ayah, an award launched by Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA) and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), will recognise companies for protecting the rights of their workers

The winners of DAFZA (pictured above) and DSOA’s inaugural Re’ayah awards will be announced in May 2016.
The winners of DAFZA (pictured above) and DSOA’s inaugural Re’ayah awards will be announced in May 2016.

Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA) and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) have launched Re’ayah, an award designed to recognise efforts within the field of workers’ welfare.

The initiative will honour hosted companies that demonstrate dedication to the protection of workers’ rights, and to the creation of a “secure, fair, and motivational work environment”.

The move forms part of the ongoing strategy to safeguard the rights, safety, and wellbeing of workers operating within the free zones. DAFZA and DSOA’s hosted companies currently manage 33,000 employees, 17,000 of whom are labourers.

Commenting on the aims of Re’ayah, Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, director general of DAFZA, and vice chairman and CEO of DSOA, said: “Appreciating the workforce is an integral part of the values and principles instilled by Dubai’s wise leadership, whose initiatives reflect the principle of peaceful coexistence between residents, thus paving the way for new prospects to reinforce positive cooperation amongst workers and private companies in Dubai-based free zones.

“Dubai’s outstanding success and excellence are highly attributed to its strict attention to details and high standards, which helps improve the efficiency and performance of private companies and their work power. ‘Re’ayah’ represents a significant addition to efforts aimed at consolidating Dubai and the UAE’s regional and international leadership in protecting labour rights in line with international laws,” he explained.

Companies nominated for the Re’ayah award will be subject to professional assessment based on International Labour Organization (ILO) standards. The criteria have been divided into three main categories: essential fundamentals, culture and work, and labour results.

Re’ayah has been designed to benefit workers as well as companies by raising awareness of labour rights, duties, and responsibilities. It is hoped that the initiative will serve to reduce complaints, grievances, absenteeism, and conflict within DAFZA and DSOA.

“Safeguarding labour rights is among our top strategic priorities and an ethical, civilised, and humanitarian commitment, emphasising the need to comply with the directives of the wise leadership in offering the necessary means to ensure the happiness, satisfaction, and wellbeing of all people, including workers,” Al Zarooni added.

Platinum, gold, and silver trophies will be awarded across categories for large, medium, and small enterprises.

The results of the inaugural Re’ayah awards will be announced in May 2016.

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