Dafza and DSOA launch labour award

Award for companies protecting rights of workers

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) have launched a labour award ‘Re’ayah’ (Care), an initiative honouring hosted companies that have shown remarkable dedication to protecting the rights of their workers and offering a secure, fair and motivational work environment.

The move is part of the ongoing collaborative efforts of Dafza and DSOA to provide an integrated framework aimed at safeguarding the rights, safety and wellbeing of workers in hosted companies, which currently manage 33,000 employees, 17,000 of whom are labourers.

Re’ayah has been initiated inspired by the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who once said that we are ‘an important humanitarian center on the international stage, said Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director-General of Dafza and Vice Chairman and CEO of DSOA.

Re’ayah is bestowed based on a group of criteria, which includes justice, transparency, creativity, innovation, health, safety and other core values which contribute effectively to protecting workers’ rights, he added.

Al Zarooni underlined that appreciating the workforce is an integral part of the values and principles instilled by Dubai’s wise leadership whose initiatives reflect the principle of peaceful coexistence between residents, thus paving the way for new prospects to reinforce positive cooperation amongst workers and private companies in Dubai-based freezones.

"Dubai’s outstanding success and excellence are highly attributed to its strict attention to details and high standards, which helps improve the efficiency and performance of private companies and their work power.  Re’ayah represents a significant addition to efforts aimed at consolidating Dubai’s and the UAE’s regional and international leadership in protecting labour rights in line with international laws," Al Zarooni added.

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