Dubai Crown Prince urges participation in second Taqdeer Award
The world's first points-based award programme for recognising excellence in labour welfare practices, Taqdeer Award has been expanded to include companies operating in Dubai free zones
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, has expressed his support for the second edition of the Taqdeer Award.
Launched in 2016 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan, Taqdeer Award is reportedly the world’s first points-based award programme that recognises excellence in labour welfare practices.
The Crown Prince noted that the initiative is fast moving towards achieving its goal of enhancing the reputation of the UAE as a labour market, setting benchmarks in labour welfare practices, which will also benefit the nation’s economy.
With the award, in its second edition, expanded to include companies and factories operating in free zones, he urged organisations and companies to participate in the initiative and show their concern for worker welfare.
In its first cycle, the award focussed on construction companies in Dubai and included over 280 companies employing more than half a million workers.
In a statement, the award committee said that due to the success of the first edition of the award, it has been extended to include companies working in free zones ahead of schedule. The initial target of including free zone companies had been set for 2019.
In its second cycle, the award includes factories and companies in construction employing more than 100 workers.
According to Dubai Statistics Centre, Dubai has more than 9,850 factories, as well as more than 283 companies and 500,000 workers in the construction sector.
Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, deputy director general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai and chairman of Taqdeer Award, commented: “The award will ensure [that] workers’ rights are protected in accordance with international conventions and according to the standards adopted at the local and international levels."
Obaid appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) towards providing a safe and motivating work environment for workers and working continuously to developing legislative and legal frameworks that safeguard the rights of workers and provide them a decent way of life.
Meanwhile, Dr Mohammed Al Zarouni, director general of Dubai Airports Free Zone (Dafza), said that free zone authorities in Dubai pay attention to the labour practices of foreign companies and encourage them to adhere to the highest standards when it comes to protecting workers’ rights and wellbeing.
He added that expanding the scope of the award will encourage free zone companies to compete in providing maximum care for their workers.
Taqdeer Award is expected to open nominations soon. A team of certified experts and evaluators will reportedly be on hand to evaluate the applications and select the best companies and factories that provide the best working and living conditions for their employees. In addition to the selection of outstanding workers, engineers and supervisors will also be awarded.
The companies will be awarded the ratings from one to five stars. Winners of four- and five-star ratings will receive a certificate, enjoy priority in government projects, and will be honoured at an award ceremony to be held next year.