Four private sector companies that enhance work opportunities for UAE nationals were recognised at the Dubai Human Development Awards.
At a ceremony held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, the winners for 2007 were honoured in two categories.
Dr Omar bin Sulaiman, governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre, presented the Dubai Human Development Award to Sharjah Islamic Bank (finance). He also gave a Dubai Human Development Appreciation Award to DP World (semi-government), Amlak Finance PJSC (finance) and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh (industry). The awards are part of a comprehensive initiative to enhance work opportunities for UAE nationals and further develop their skills and abilities.
It emphasises the role nationals should be encouraged to play in shaping the future of the country and highlights the need for intensive training and guidance. The award seeks to encourage private companies to implement professional quality management systems within organisations, thereby facilitating the development of all employees.
The award covers eight economic sectors namely: Trading, construction, professional, services, tourism, finance, manufacturing and semi-government.
Applications are evaluated by a team of assessors who conduct site visits and prepare detailed assessment reports highlighting the existing best practices and the areas for improvement for each company.
The examiners evaluate applications on the basis of three criteria: commitment (20 per cent), process (45 per cent) and results (35 per cent).
Dubai Human Development Award organisers said they seek to recognise the long-term commitment of the private sector to the development of young nationals by offering them the chance to develop and build career paths.