Sheikh Hamdan to honour construction companies and labourers for excellence at a special ceremony

  • Taqdeer Award winners to be honoured on November 13
  • Five and four star winners to get priority in government projects
Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, Chairman of the Taqdeer Award
Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, Chairman of the Taqdeer Award

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and Patron of Taqdeer Award, will honour labourers and construction companies who win Taqdeer Award at a special ceremony to take place on November 13 in Zabeel Hall 4, Dubai World Trade Centre.

The ceremony, to be organized by Kiwi Events, will be attended by decision-makers and leaders from local and international government bodies, labour organisations and private companies.

The Taqdeer Award, which targets construction companies in its first cycle, will enhance relationship between companies and workers by recognising excellence in labour practices and setting new benchmarks in work practices across different sectors in Dubai.

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.

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 there has been an overwhelming response from construction companies in Dubai for participating in the Award.

“The companies that set international benchmarks in excellence and labour welfare practices will be the winners. They will set an example for others to follow. Our goal is to encourage companies across all sectors to set such benchmarks as Dubai, guided by its visionary leadership, is continuously working toward attaining excellence,” said Obaid.

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.

Nasser Al Madani, Assistant of Director General, Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA), said: “Taking care of workers is a part of our strategy in DAFZA and Silicon Oasis and it is also our moral, humanitarian and cultural commitment to look after their welfare in line with the vision of our wise leadership to ensure happiness for all in Dubai. We are proud to be a part of Taqdeer Award, which is in line with our strategy concerning labour practices and welfare. I am confident Taqdeer Award will motivate all companies to implement best practices for the rights of their workers including in these two free zone areas, which have over 33,000 employees, nearly 17,000 of whom are labourers.”

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 recognising excellence among workers.