Global marine terminal operator DP World won the Dubai Human Development Award 2013 at a major ceremony today, marking the 20th anniversary of the Dubai Business Excellence Awards by the Department of Economic Development.
DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Group CEO Mohamed Sharaf received the award on behalf of the company at the event, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
The Award aims to promote awareness and understanding of the requirements for employee development, particularly of UAE nationals, in Dubai’s private sector, encouraging companies to recruit and invest in their people’s careers. Companies that enable this to happen are also judged on provision of leadership opportunities, training and retention together with measurement of employee perceptions, appraisals and health and safety performance.
HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Chairman, said: “A commitment to developing the talent and expertise of our people, particularly our UAE nationals, through continuous learning and training, including offering opportunities for international experience through our global network, is fundamental to the long term sustainability of our business. Our greatest asset is our people and it is vital we continue to invest in them creating an open and vibrant work environment and a learning culture. I am delighted that our efforts have been recognised in this way.”
Mohammed Sharaf, Group CEO, DP World, said: “Part of our global strategy is to create a workplace that encourages continuous learning and growth where innovation, collaboration and performance are a recognised and are a celebrated part of our culture. Contributing to our employees learning and development supports superior performance.”
Robin Windley, Senior Vice President, Human Capital, DP World, added: “This award recognises our on-going programmes to develop employees in our Head Office and to equip them with the skills and experience to further their careers, helping them develop and grow both professionally and personally. This benefits them, our company, Dubai and the UAE in the long term.”