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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Al Hameli launches second edition of Emirates Emiratization Award

His Excellency Nasser bin Thani Al Hemeli, UAE Minister of Human Resource & Emiratization, has inaugurated the second edition of the Emirates Emiratization Award, which began receiving entries starting today, and until April 11.

His Excellency Nasser bin Thani Al Hemeli, UAE Minister of Human Resource & Emiratization, has inaugurated the second edition of the Emirates Emiratization Award, which began receiving entries starting today, and until April 11.

The announcement came during the Emiratization Best Practice Forum that was held on Sunday at the Mina Al Salam Hotel in Dubai. The event was attended by scores of senior Ministry officials, as well as representatives of 800 private and semi-government companies, as well as human resources experts.

His Excellency Al Hameli said: “The support of His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and his sponsorship to the first edition of the awards ceremony, is a reflection of our leadership’s commitment to the Emiratization agenda. This creates for us a challenge to live up to our leaders’ expectations, and to be able to fulfil the Emiratization goals of the UAE Vision 2021, in light of the strategic partnerships between the government and semi-government sector with the private sector, as Emiratization is a shared national responsibility.”

During the opening ceremony of the forum, HE said that the second edition of the award is aimed at stimulating the private and semi-governmental sectors to carry out their responsibilities in recruiting UAE citizens, especially youth. This will help them play an active role in the sustainable development process, in addition, encouraging the government sector to support Emiratisation, as well as enabling Emiratis in the job market in their careers, which will positively reflect on the Emiratization agenda."

He called on private and semi-governmental institutions to enter in the award. He also stressed the principle of transparency and neutrality in evaluating applications for participation in this award in accordance with its policy adopted by the Council of Education and Human Resources, under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

"The Emiratisation Best Practices Forum comes as an ideal platform for reviewing the policies and internal systems applied by leading companies in Emiratisation to attract and empower UAE citizens,” Al Hameli added.

During the Forum, HE recognized the teams who evaluated applications submitted during the first of the Emiratization award, for their dedication and neutrality during the assessment process.

Mona Waleed, Acting Undersecretary of Emiratization Affairs at MoHRE, explained that the award comprises four categories, covering establishments, government and semi-government entities that support Emiratization, Emiratization Leaders, and best Emirati employee.

“The establishments category includes three sub-categories, namely private sector companies, which included large enterprises with 1,000 employees and above, medium-sized companies with 500 to 999 employees and small establishments with 499 employees or less. The second sub-category is for higher tech companies, while the third covers semi-governmental institutions.

There are ratios, and main and sub-criteria under which applications for facilities are assessed, with 10 per cent allocated to the community involvement and innovation, and 40 per cent for the recruitment standard, which focuses on the entity’s contribution to the employment of Emiratis,” added Waleed.

In addition, 10 per cent of the total percentage is allocated to the participatory and working environment standard, which focuses on how to engage UAE citizens in the enterprise, and provide a stimulating environment for their continued work. Meanwhile, 20 per cent is awarded for leadership and strategy standard that focuses on the role of senior management in developing policies and strategies that take into account resettlement issues and capacity development. Another 20 per cent for the Learning and Development Standard, which focuses on capacity development, skills development and motivation.

Waleed highlighted that a number of criteria have been allocated to evaluate applications in the second major category, namely, the best government and semi-government support group for resettlement. These include 15 per cent the level of support the plans and programs of the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation to promote Emiratisation in the private sector; while 35 per cent of the total score is awarded to contributions, initiatives’ quality and innovative support for the Ministry's efforts, another 20 per cent is for the dissemination of Emiratisation culture, while the remaining 30 per cent is for leadership in achieving Emiratisation goals.

Waleed said: “The third category, Emiratization Leader, is dedicated for recognizing entities’ great contributions in Emiratization of the private sector.

“Best Emirati employee, which is the fourth category, is open for all Emiratis in the private sector who are aware of their job responsibilities, display tolerance and are open to other cultures, ambitions and other specifications.

The last category is divided into two sub-categories, the Emiratis in supervisory roles, which targets private sector UAE citizens in in managerial positions including department heads and managers. The second sub-category, best new Emirati employee, targets all newly appointed UAE citizens in the private sector.

The Forum showcased best internal practices that were adopted by companies that won the first edition of the Emirates Emiratisation Award. Al-Futtaim Group and du presented their practices in salaries and allowances, while the Sharjah Islamic Bank and Emirates Global Aluminum reviewed their practices in education and development. Meanwhile, Al Dar Properties and Ajman Bank have highlighted their leadership and strategic practices, while both Al Hilal Bank and United Arab Bank have offered their Emiratisation practices. Finally, ABB and Estemarat gave an overview of their practice in participation and work environment.

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