DUBAI: Gulf Business Machines, Lundbeck, Novo Nordisk, Qetaifan projects, AstraZeneca, MSD, Johnson & Johnson, Teleperformance and Ooredoo are among the list of the top best places to work in Middle East 2020 according to the prestigious Best Places To Work certification program.

The program recently compiled its annual list of the 20 Best Places To Work in Middle East ranking based on the assessment of over 250 organizations across the region. Findings from this year program show how well companies have adapted to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Building a culture of innovation and resilience enabled the employees to quickly adapt to the disruption creating additional development opportunities inside their organization. 85% of employees in the listed organizations, say they are satisfied with their current jobs, 13% higher than the average across the region, validating the companies’ commitment to create a workplace culture and experience to which our associates are proud to belong.

“Our people are our greatest asset, which is reflected by achieving the highest score (91%) for the Best Place to Work for in Bahrain. We value our outstanding employees and reward them for making their targets, and continue in developing our employees’ soft and technical skills with the latest technological trends. We believe, establishing a happier and positive workplace is transmitted daily to customers for the past 30 years of GBM journey regionally” said Abdulla Ishaq, General Manager for GBM Bahrain.

“In 2015, we set out to realize a dream; 'To establish Lundbeck Egypt among the best employers in the pharmaceutical industry through a unique culture and working environment'. We ALL worked hard and as one team to transform the dream into a vision. The dream is now a reality, but we won't stop here. We will continue to strive to make Lundbeck Egypt an even better place to work, so we can continue to make a difference for people living with brain diseases” said Ahmed El-Ashmawy, Country Manager for Lundbeck Egypt.

“At AstraZeneca, being a great place to work is a commitment to our society and our people. We recognise that our people are our greatest asset and we commit to ensuring that everyone who chooses to work at our company can reach their full potential, perform at their best and make a valued contribution to the enterprise” said Rami Scandar, Country President Near East & Maghreb for AstraZeneca.

“This year’s list of Best Places To Work in Middle East represents great diversity in terms of industries, size and countries. Despite the pandemic situation, companies made a concerted effort to offer flexibility and support to all employees, and provide additional resources for those directly affected by COVID-19” said Hamza Idrissi, Program Manager for the Middle East.

The ranking list :

  • #1 GBM Bahrain
  • #2 Lundbeck Egypt
  • #3 Astrazeneca Lebanon
  • #4 Novo Nordisk Kuwait
  • #5 Novo Nordisk Saudi Arabia
  • #6 Qetaifan Projects Qatar
  • #7 Astrazeneca Egypt
  • #8 Astrazeneca Jordan
  • #9 Johnson & Johnson Saudi Arabia
  • #10 MSD Animal Health Egypt
  • #11 Astrazeneca Iraq
  • #12 Etihad Credit Export Insurance United Arab Emirates
  • #13 Parkville Egypt
  • #14 Tamkeen Technologies Saudi Arabia
  • #15 International Maritime Industries Saudi Arabia
  • #16 Al Safi Danone Saudi Arabia
  • #17 Johnson & Johnson Egypt
  • #18 MSD Animal Health Saudi Arabia
  • #19 Teleperformance Egypt
  • #20 Ooredoo Oman


Best Places To Work is a global HR certification program that certifies and recognizes leading workplaces in many countries around the world. Our proprietary assessment analyzes a company’s attractiveness through a two-step process focusing on 8 Workplace factors including culture, leadership, opportunities for growth and people practices. Beside the employee satisfaction survey, we conduct an HR assessment focusing on HR practices implemented in the organization against our global people framework standard.

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