Major General Obaid: Dubai’s construction companies keen on setting exemplary standards in labour welfare practices

  • Taqdeer-certified assessors complete assessment, onsite visits
  • Companies can also nominate engineers, labourers to be awarded for excellence

taqdeer logoDubai: The Taqdeer Award management has announced that it has completed the evaluation process and onsite visits for construction companies that sent their applications to participate in the award.

The team of Taqdeer-certified assessors, who conducted desktop evaluation and onsite visits, will prepare a consensus report, which will be submitted to the judging committee to decide the winners. The Taqdeer management also announced that companies which are awarded above three stars will be given an opportunity to nominate labourers from their companies to be awarded for excellence.

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, is the world’s first points-based award programme for recognising excellence among labourers and construction companies for labour welfare practices.

The Award has been launched in line with the vision of the Dubai’s leadership to make Dubai the world’s best places to live and work.

Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai and Chairman of Taqdeer Award, said: “We are very satisfied with the response from construction companies for participation. During the evaluation process, we observed that construction companies have put international practices in place and are consistently working toward raising the benchmarks, which reflects on the keenness of these companies to set exemplary international standards.”

“We are confident that the award will encourage companies from across other sectors as well to enhance labour practices and excellence. The Award recognizes the major contribution of workers who will also be honoured for excellence.”

There are around 282 companies in this sector in Dubai, providing jobs for more than 500,000 workers. In its first cycle, the award focusses on companies in the construction sector and will be extended to factories and free zones in the coming years.
Giving details of the evaluation process and onsite visits, Dr Kasim Kanakri, Technical Consultant, Taqdeer Award, said: “The assessment team, after finishing the desktop evaluation, also made onsite visits to the companies during which they met members of managements of some companies, visited labour camps, accommodation and also interacted with the workers to get their feedback about their satisfaction from the facilities they are being provided by their organisations. We have received a very positive feedback. We are also pleased to share that the assessment process has been completed ahead of time and by the third week of this month, the assessors will be able to submit their consensus reports to the Judging Committee for further decision.”

The companies will be awarded the ratings from one star to five stars.

Winners of 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.

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.

The companies that have confirmed their participation include major national and international companies operating in the building and construction sector in Dubai.