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UAE’s first Emirates Labour Market Award: Full guide

Nominations for the UAE’s first Emirates Labour Market Award will open on June 1, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE).

The MoHRE will be accepting applications for the award that aims to recognize labour companies with best work practices as well as exemplary domestic workers and labourers.

The Emirates Labour Market Award was approved by the UAE Cabinet and will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation and Chairman of the Award’s Supervisory Committee, said the awards will “stimulate healthy competition” in the private sector.

How to apply

Applicants can go to MoHRE’s website, The deadline to submit a nomination is on August 31.

What happens after the nominations?

After applications are received, an in-office and on-field evaluation will take place in September. The awarding ceremony will be held in November.

Criteria for Emirates Labour Market Award

The award is based on criteria covering vital aspects in the labour market, including employment, empowerment and attracting skilled labour, occupational health and safety, employment relationships and wages compliance, facilities and work environment, futureproofing, encouragement and motivation, achievement, creativity and innovation, continuous learning, and social responsibility.

Categories for Emirates Labour Market Award

The award has three main categories: Establishments Category (for exceptional private companies), Workforce Category (for outstanding workforce) and Business Service Partners Category (for companies providing labour recruitment services and support). There is also a General Nominations Category (for government agencies, private sector establishments, and the community).


For establishments to qualify for the award, they must be registered on the MoHRE’s database and should have been in the labour market for two years or more. They must not be government-owned, have had a judicial ruling issued against them, or have had any penalties imposed on them for violating the labour legislation in force in the UAE during the previous year.

For individuals to qualify for the award, they must have worked at the establishment for no less than one year, and should not have a record of labour violations during the previous year. ICA/Expat Media

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