(From left) Noura Mohammed Almarzougi, Assistant Undersecretary for Policy & Strategic Affairs, Ayesha Mohammed Ahmed Belharfia, Acting Undersecretary for Emiratisation Affairs, Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulmannan Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources & Emiratisation, Khalil Ibrahim Al Khoori, Undersecretary for Human Resources, and Ibrahim Ahmad Shukralla, Director of Government Communication Department, at the Emirates Labour Market Award media briefing on May 10, 2023. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Dubai: Outstanding companies, workers and business service partners in the UAE will be awarded by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), after it announced the Emirates Labour Market Awards on Wednesday.

During a media briefing in Dubai on Wednesday, the date was announced for receiving nominations for the first edition of Emirates Labour Market award by Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulmannan Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

“The award has been approved by the UAE cabinet..." he said.

Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulmannan Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources & Emiratisation, at the Emirates Labour Market Award media briefing on 10th May, 2023 Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Al Awar added that the award would help build a comprehensive and strong economy and enhance the competitiveness of the labour market and the role of the government departments and to develop the laws and regulations of the Labour market that will create a welcoming environment for the business community.

The award website - - is now live.

The award will be held annually, however, according to Noura Mohammed Almarzouqi Assistant, Undersecretary for Policy and Strategic Affairs, winners of the first award can't enter for the next two years, but will enjoy the benefits that winners will receive.

Can free zone companies participate?

According to Al Awar, the Ministry would support best practices by all participants, as long as the nomination applications meet the criteria and requirements and can provide supporting documents with their applications.

Award time frame

May - Award website launch
June - Start receiving nomination applications
August 31 - Nomination applications end
September - Desk/field assessment
November - Award ceremony

3 award categories

The award is divided into three categories:

1. Establishments

Distinguished establishments that contributed to managing employment relationships in an exceptional manner

Main category: Award for the Leading Establishment in Labour Market awarded to establishment that has adopted the best practices for its human resources in line with the Award's criteria and accomplished the highest compliance with work environment regulations and standards.


• Outstanding establishment for employment, empowerment and attracting skilled labour practices.
• Outstanding establishment for occupational health and safety practices.
• Outstanding establishment for practices related to employment relationships and wages.
• Outstanding establishment for workforce wellbeing and quality of life.
• Most future-proof establishment.
• Outstanding workers’ accomodation award.


A total of 28 awards will be given under this category by establishment size - (small, medium, large, very large), with seven winners in each category.

2. Workforce

Outstanding workforce that has served the UAE' businesses and community.

Under this category, there are three sub-categories:

Skilled labour - higher professional levels
Unskilled labour - professional levels 6 and below
General nominations - all work types


There will be three awards given under each sub category, with a total of 12 awards.

2. Business service partners

The Business Service Partners category is divided into three sub-categories:

• Domestic workers recruitment agencies
• Employment Agencies
• Business service centres


Winners will be announced for each category, with a total of three awards.