Dubai: Fee waivers, 50% discounts among 35 incentives for 'star' firms

Special support for winners of 4- and 5-star ratings in Taqdeer Award

  

UAE - Four Dubai government departments have announced an initiative to provide incentives and support to the winners of 4- and 5-star ratings in the fourth edition of the Taqdeer Award.

The Award’s management — represented by its Chairman, Major-General Obaid Muhair bin Sorour — and representatives of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Municipality and General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai), signed agreements to implement the initiatives.

The four government agencies will be providing a total of 35 incentives to the winning companies and workers. These include:

>> Discounts of 25 - 50 per cent in fees for tender document submissions to the participating government agencies;

>> Grant of additional points within the engineering excellence initiative in the technical evaluation process for contractors and consultants in Dubai Municipality projects based on specific criteria of the Building Permits Department;

>> Waiver of renewal fees for professional competence certificates for engineers for a year, renewable subject to the result of the implementation of the decision.

Other incentives include membership in GDRFA–Dubai’s Innovation and Creativity Centre that will allow the workers and companies to take advantage of its services; special facilities for registering intellectual property of the winning companies free of cost; free virtual training courses at DEWA Academy; free NoL cards for workers; and the opportunity for companies to place an advertisement on a display board in a Dubai Metro Station.

The Taqdeer Award gala ceremony will be hosted in Dubai on February 8.

Organised every two years, the Taqdeer Award aims to establish international best practices in workers welfare; strengthen employer-employee relations; and protect the rights and interests of both the parties. Companies with more than 100 workers that have met specific conditions and criteria are eligible to participate in the award.

The award is being organised under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council.

The initiative aims to encourage positive competition among labour-intensive companies, engineers and workers to obtain higher ratings in the Taqdeer Award scheme.

 

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