55 companies, engineers selected as Taqdeer Award winners

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  • Judging Committee announces names during meeting
  • Hussein Lootah: Taqdeer Award sets new benchmarks in labour welfare measures
  • Obaid Muhair Bin Surour: Next cycle to have more than 100 participants
Members of the Taqdeer Award Judging Committee during the meeting held at Dubai Municipality headquarters
Members of the Taqdeer Award Judging Committee during the meeting held at Dubai Municipality headquarters

DUBAI: The Taqdeer Award Judging Committee announced that it has selected the names of 55 companies and workers to be awarded during a special ceremony.

The Taqdeer Award, launched under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, will enhance relationship between companies and workers by recognising excellence in labour practices and setting new benchmarks in work practices across sectors in Dubai
At a meeting of the Judging Committee of Taqdeer Award, Hussain Nasser Bin Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, and Chairman of the Taqdeer Award Judging Committee, said Taqdeer Award will drive excellence among companies and workers, in line with Dubai’s vision to become the world’s best place to live, work and do business.

The meeting to announce the names of the winning companies and labourers was held at Dubai Municipality headquarters and was attended by Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai; Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Humaid bin Dimas, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation,  Aida Al Harmoudi, head of Consultants and Contractors Qualification Section at Buildings Department, Dubai Municipality, Major General Obaid Mohair Ben Surour, Deputy Director General of the GDRFA in Dubai, who is also the Chairman of Taqdeer Award and Dr. Kasim Kanakri, Technical Consultant for the Award, alongwith heads of asessors’ teams.

Dr. Kanakri gave a presentation explaining the developments and achievements of the award and answered queries from the Judging Committee regarding evaluation processes and methodologies adopted by assessors. The members of the committee presented the names of the companies and workers, selected as winners after the assessment process.
Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Khalifa Al Zafeen and Humaid bin Dimas, presented ideas for the management of the award which can be implemented in the future cycles of the award.

The Award management and committee also expressed their gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his strong support and directives, which motivated the team to give their best and achieve the goals of the award.

A new phase of work
Hussain Lootah said Taqdeer Award will strengthen the relationship between companies and their employees across different economic sectors.
He appreciated the efforts of the assessment team for carrying out the entire process, which included desktop evaluations and site visits, in accordance with the highest standards and in a highly transparent manner.

100-participants in next cycle
Major General Obaid Mohair Bin Surour, Deputy Director General, GDRFA Dubai and Chairman of the Award, appreciated efforts of the Judging Committee and assessors, which helped achieve the goals of the award.
Obaid said: “We are now ready to start the next phase of work after selecting the winning companies. Our efforts will be focused from now toward preparations for the next cycle, in which we expect to attract more than 100 companies.”

“It gives us great pride to select the winners and these names will be presented to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for his final approval,” added Obaid.

Win 55 companies, and engineers and workers
The Judging Committee has selected 55 companies, workers and engineers, as winners of the Award. These included construction companies, workers and also nine companies in Dafza and Silicon Oasis, for excellence and in recognition of their labour welfare policies and efforts.

The Taqdeer Award management said the names of the winning companies and workers will be announced during a special ceremony for the occasion, which will be will be attended by decision-makers and leaders from local and international government bodies, labour organisations and private companies, alongwith representatives from the winning companies, engineers and workers and local and international media.

Taqdeer Award is the world’s first points-based award programme for recognising excellence in labour welfare practices and seeks to promote international best practices in labour welfare among construction companies alongwith enhancing relationship between companies and workers and also recognising excellence among workers.

The award reflects Dubai’s serious efforts in the area of enhancing employer-employee relationship and aims to enhance awareness among labourers about their rights and duties, encouraging workers to contribute their best, while setting international benchmarks in labour welfare practices.

There are around 282 companies in this sector in Dubai, providing jobs for more than 500,000 workers.

The construction companies that get 5 and 4-star ratings will receive a certificate, enjoy priority in government projects, and will be honoured at an award ceremony. These top ratings will give companies a competitive advantage in bidding for international contracts. Laborers working in the companies will also be awarded for excellence.