Taqdeer Award

Taqdeer Award recognises 36 companies and 94 employees for outstanding achievements

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, the winners of the fifth Taqdeer Award were awarded at a ceremony held on 30 November. Thirty-six companies and 94 employees from various sectors were honoured at the ceremony.

The Taqdeer Award recognises companies that provide exceptional welfare programmes and working conditions as well as employees who have made a significant contribution to setting new standards in welfare and productivity. The winners were honoured by H.E. Dr Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Surur, Deputy Director General of the Dubai Directorate General for Residents and Foreigners and Chairman of the Taqdeer Award.

The fifth edition of the award saw a 100 per cent increase in the number of companies achieving a 5-star rating, with eight companies in this category compared to four in the previous edition. This clearly indicates an increased commitment by companies in Dubai to improve the services and facilities they provide to employees, said the award chairman.

The biennial award is open to companies with more than 50 employees. The Taqdeer Award criteria are based on international best practices, especially those endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the International Labour Organisation and other organisations and agencies concerned with protecting the rights of both workers and employers.

The Taqdeer Award programme evaluates submissions and gives them a score on a 1,000-point scoring scale. In the scoring system, 500 points are awarded for employee empowerment, 250 points for employee feedback on the working environment and 250 points for performance. The empowerment criterion has two main components – employee support (250 points), which covers labour policies, facilities and infrastructure, health and safety, worker safety and wages; and the work culture and work environment criterion (250 points), which covers fairness and transparency, creativity and innovation, rules and regulations, labour relations, communication and feedback.

A company must score 700 or more to receive a 5-star rating, while companies scoring 550 will receive a 4-star rating. Companies scoring 450 points will be given a 3-star rating, while companies scoring 300 points will be given a 2-star rating. Companies scoring 200 points or less on the score index are given a 1-star rating.

Companies with five and four stars are awarded certificates of recognition and are given priority when contracting for government projects. Recognition also increases their global visibility, opening up new international opportunities for them.

Source: Dubai Media Office

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