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Initiative to benefit construction workers

The Taqdeer (Appreciation) Award aims to make Dubai one of the most labour-friendly cities globally by incentivising companies to take good employee management seriously. 

Launched under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the award will give companies a way to benchmark their performance and spread a culture of excellence in labour welfare, according to Major General Obaid Mohair Bin Surour, Chairman of the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs in Dubai and Deputy Director of the General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs and Chairman of the Taqdeer Award.

“It will also raise the level of awareness among workers of their rights and duties, thus minimising labour disputes. We already have very good laws but often workers don’t know what their rights are and what they should do, leading to misunderstandings with their employers,” Bin Surour said.

One of the award criteria requires management to train their staff on their rights, and implement an open door policy for workers to express their opinions and concerns.

Construction is one of the industries expected to benefit from the initiative. There are around 282 companies in Dubai’s construction sector that qualify for participation in the award. The goal is to get at least 100 on board. Around 50 companies have already confirmed participation as of May.

“It is always beneficial to have third-party evaluations that can add value to our processes,” said Stephen Wyngaard, HSE Director at Al Shafar General Contracting, which is participaing in the programme.

Source: Nicole Walter, Special to Property WeeklyPW