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Awards

Celebrating Great People Doing Great Work

150+ Award Submissions | 350+ Attendees | 20+ Expert Judges | 18 Award Categories | 1 Exciting Evening

Future Workplace Awards Shortlist 2019

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominees for this year's Future Workplace Awards.

Best Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions Overseas Corporation
  • Ejadah
  • Emirates Flight Catering
  • Landmark Group
  • Taaleem
Best Graduate Recruitment Programme
  • Emaar Economic City
  • Etisalat
  • Kerten Hospitality
  • RAKBANK
  • Riyadh Airports
Best Employee Engagement Strategy
  • Abu Dhabi Finance
  • Etisalat
  • Fitness First Middle East
  • Kuwait Aviation Fuelling Company (KAFCO)
  • UAS International Trip Support
Best Employee Wellness and Wellbeing Programme
  • Dubai Asset Management by Dubai Holding
  • Emitac Enterprise Solutions
  • Etisalat
  • Mashreq Bank
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City
Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
  • AXA Insurance (Gulf)
  • British Council
  • Fine Hygienic Holding
  • Merck Sharp and Dohme Idea
  • SThree
2019 HR / L&D Technology and Digital Champion
  • Affiniax Partners
  • IBM
  • Landmark Group
  • Media One Hotel
  • Sadara Chemical Company
HR Technology Provider of the Year (Vendor)
  • Bayzat
  • Beneple
  • Clearmove
  • Lunar Rock Technologies
  • RapidValue Solutions Inc.
Best Learning and Organisational Development Strategy
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
  • Fitness First Middle East
  • Sadara Chemical Company
  • UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Best Talent Development Strategy
  • AXA Insurance Gulf
  • DAFZA
  • Ebrahim Khalil Kanoo
  • Roads and Transport Authority - RTA
  • Saudi Railway Company (SAR)
Best Executive and Leadership Development Strategy
  • Al Masaood
  • Emaar Hospitality Group
  • Kuwait Aviation Fuelling Company (KAFCO)
  • Max Fashion
  • Sadara Chemical Company
L&D Training Provider of the Year (Vendor)
  • Ignite Training
  • Propel International
  • The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training – HCT
  • UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Best HR Transformation and Change Management Strategy
  • Cleartrip
  • Dubai Police
  • Emaar Hospitality Group 
  • MB Petroleum Services
  • National Aviation Services (NAS)
  • Oman LNG
HR / L&D Director of the Year
  • Dale Gould - Atlantis, The Palm
  • Hessa Al Ghurair - General Civil Aviation Authority
  • Rohit Manucha - Aujan Coca Cola Beverages Company
  • Sandeep Khosla - Fitness First Middle East (Landmark Group)
  • Vibhin Vijayan - Emitac Enterprise Solutions
HR Team of the Year
  • Abu Dhabi Police
  • Atlantis, The Palm
  • Ejadah
  • Emrill Services
  • Max Fashion


HR’s Future Leader
  • Adel Elgabry - Jumeirah Group
  • Amani AlAli - Lincoln College International
  • Hanie Fayaz - Kout Food Group
  • Mina Adel Rady Aziz - Massar Solutions
  • Nathan Jordan - Dyson
  • Samantha Mendonca - Atlantis, The Palm
Best Women Development and Leadership Programme
  • Abu Dhabi Police
  • Aetna International
  • Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi
  • King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University
  • TATA Consultancy Services
Employer of the Year
  • Atlantis, The Palm
  • Chalhoub Group
  • Emaar Hospitality Group
  • Emrill Services
  • Ooredoo Oman

HR’S MOST LAVISH NIGHT RECOGNISING THE BEST TALENT IN THE REGION


Future Workplace Awards (formerly known as Middle East HR Excellence Awards) showcases the best HR talent in the Middle East and honors HR professionals in government and the private sector for their outstanding contributions in creating a high performing workforce for the future.

Why you should take part in Future Workplace Awards?

SHOWCASE YOUR BRAND
  1. Being a part of Future Workplace Awards provides your brand access to global and regional marketing platforms via online and offline media.
  2. Your participation affirms that your organisation is investing in HR and has an active agenda to improve your workplace, satisfying current employees and attracting talent.
RECOGNISE & MOTIVATE YOUR TEAMS
  1. Entering the Future Workplace Awards is a way to thank and honour valued employees and to show you care about the future of your workplace, making you more attractive as an employer.
  2. Your award application helps reflect on the achievements, challenges and areas of improvement which is vital for any developing business.
  3. Being nominated, shortlisted or winning an award can help boost staff morale and improve
    motivation.


CELEBRATE IN STYLE
  1. The awards are an excellent opportunity to network with hundreds of senior HR professionals, showcase your work and learn from others.
  2. Celebrate all the hard work and successes of the industry with 18 awards, covering every aspect of work including; Employee Experience, HR Technology, Recruiting, L&D and Achieving Excellence in HR.

Important Dates & Deadlines

17 Sept
New Entry Deadline
14 Oct
Shortlist Announced
5 Nov
Award Ceremony & Gala Dinner at Palazzo Versace | Dubai

Future Workplace Awards Categories

Our mission is to champion best practices for HR practices and HR initiatives which will help develop employee experience, businesses and the industry. Last year, 17 HR experts judged 140+ companies across the 18 categories below.

Best Employee Engagement Strategy

This award recognises the importance of employee engagement in today’s businesses. The awarded initiative is one where engagement levels are improved as results of an HR initiative.

Best Employee Wellness and Well-being Programme

Recognising employers which place employee well-being centre stage within the organisation and have embedded a strong culture of health and wellness.

Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

This will be awarded to an organisation that is dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive and tolerant workplace

2019 HR / L&D Technology and Digital Champion

This award recognises the employer that has successfully embraced digital disruption to move HR and/or L&D forward.

HR Technology Provider of the Year (Vendor)

This award looks for innovative service providers that create, implement and integrate HR technology solutions for clients on a specific people-related project.

Best Recruitment & On-boarding Strategy

Employer who has excelled in creating an effective recruitment and on-boarding atmosphere that is conductive to employees’ smooth introduction to the company

Best Graduate Recruitment Programme

This award recognises the efforts of the organisation in attracting high calibre talent from top-notch universities.

Best Learning and Organisational Development Strategy

The award will recognise an organisation that has implemented an innovative and successful L&D and OD strategy.

Best Talent Development Strategy

This award honours the organisation which has developed a very well integrated strategy to recruit, manage, develop and retain talent.

Best Executive and Leadership Development Strategy

Rewarding the implementation and planning of a coaching, training and executive development strategy to promote and develop leaders

L&D Training Provider of the Year (Vendor)

This award recognises a provider that creates and delivers a broad range of employee training programmes and products for clients

Best HR Transformation and Change Management Strategy

This award recognises employers that have successfully delivered a major HR business transformation project.

HR Director of the Year

A senior HR executive / director who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and business best-practice in developing effective HR strategies which have significantly benefited their business throughout the last 12 months

HR Team of the Year

An award to recognise the collective effort of HR teams within the business

HR’s Future Leader

An emerging talent in the field of HR who shows high potential for future achievement in the profession.

Best Women Development and Leadership Programme

The award will recognise an organisation that has developed and implemented a women development and women leadership programme

Employer of the Year (Public Sector)

This award honours the leading public sector employer that can demonstrate superior people development strategies resulting in a productive, engaged and motivated workforce becoming an employer of choice.

Employer of the Year (Private Sector)

This award honours the leading private sector employer that can demonstrate superior people development strategies resulting in a productive, engaged and motivated workforce becoming an employer of choice

Judging Panel

This year we have a panel of 20 judges, who have each dedicated their time and their efforts to score the award entries.

Our judging panel is made up of internationally recognised and respected judges from a variety of industry sectors and disciplines. The panel are carefully selected to ensure the selection process is fair and objective. The judges are bound to a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries.


Congratulations to the 2018 Winners

Best Employee Engagement Strategy

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority  - WINNER
Max Fashion  - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Best Employee Wellness and Wellbeing Programme

Al Jazeera International Catering - WINNER
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

2018 HR / L&D Technology and Digital Champion

Etisalat - WINNER
Dubai Police - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

HR Technology Provider of the Year

Rewardz  - WINNER
myMobility - PwC - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Best Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy

Omantel - WINNER
Emirates Logistics - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Best Graduate Recruitment Programme

Oman LNG - WINNER
Etisalat - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Best Learning and Organisational Development Strategy

Emirates Islamic - WINNER
BMA International - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Best Talent Development Strategy

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia "Bahri" - WINNER
Kuwait Aviation Fueling Company (KAFCO) - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Best Executive and Leadership Development Strategy

Etisalat - WINNER
Kuwait Aviation Fueling Company (KAFCO) - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

L&D Training Provider of the Year

Propel International - WINNER
Protiviti - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Best HR Transformation and Change Management Strategy

Union National Bank - WINNER
Affiniax Partners - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

HR Director of the Year

Sandeep Khosla - Fitness First Middle East (Landmark Group) - WINNER
Abdullah Al Mamoon - Farnek Services - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

HR Team of the Year

KEF Holdings - WINNER
Emrill Services - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

HR’s Future Leader

Nathan Jordan - Al-Futtaim Group - WINNER
Ahmed A. Alzahri - Rabigh Refinery and Petrochemical (Petro Rabigh) - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Best Women Development and Leadership Programme

Tata Consultancy Services - WINNER
Informa - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Employer of the Year (Public Sector)

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Bahrain (TRA) - WINNER
General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFA) - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

Employer of the Year (Private Sector)

Chalhoub Group - WINNER
Emaar Hospitality Group - MARK OF EXCELLENCE

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