Abu Dhabi Ports receives prestigious IIP Platinum Accreditation

The framework defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results


Abu Dhabi Ports has been awarded the prestigious IIP Platinum Accreditation by Investors in People (IIP), the international standard for people management. The accreditation is testament to the clarity of its vision and its high performing culture that inspires success, sustainable growth and trust. 

Abu Dhabi Ports is the first organisation in the Middle East to receive the IIP Platinum Accreditation, the highest accolade attainable as per the Investors in People Standard for its excellence in achieving sustainable results through effective human capital management.

IIP is a global standard for the management of people. The framework defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. 

Following a rigorous assessment process Abu Dhabi Ports was recognised as being at a ‘high performing’ level and was praised by the assessor for its dynamic working environment, which is driven by five key corporate values: responsiveness, collaboration, safety and sustainability, fairness and commitment and innovation for excellence. 

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “This accreditation from IIP is a significant milestone in our journey towards a sustainable working environment, where employees are seen as a catalyst for innovation and profitability. It is a reflection of passion, commitment, focus and professionalism that drives each and every member of Abu Dhabi Ports’ family.  It also validates our continuous effort to be a great employer with a clear focus on sustainable growth and success.

“We are proud to have achieved Platinum status on our first attempt. The process has provided us with invaluable insights and a forward-looking growth plan to reinforce our commitment to our people.”    

David Dale, Head of International NI and Wales, IIP, said: ”I’d like to personally congratulate Abu Dhabi Ports on their fantastic achievement. Only 1% of all Investors in People organisations currently have achieved Platinum level, and being the first organisation to have achieved Investors in People Platinum in the Middle East and UAE is a sign of a great employer, and shows that they are a significant place to work, and have a clear commitment to continuous improvement. The organisation should be extremely proud of their success.”


About Abu Dhabi Ports

Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the Port of Fujairah, as well as the trade and logistics hub, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), in which Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone attracts direct investments to over 100 km2 of free zone opportunities, the largest in the Middle East region.

Inaugurated on Dec 12, 2012 by President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Khalifa Port is the flagship port of Abu Dhabi Ports and is considered to be the first semi-automated container port in the region. Abu Dhabi Ports also owns 50% of Abu Dhabi Terminals, which operates and manages Khalifa Port Container Terminal with a full suite of logistics solutions to benefit trade partners and shipping lines. In addition to the current capacity of 2.5 million TEUs, the recent deal Abu Dhabi Ports signed with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, which is expected to commence operations by 2019, will raise the annual capacity to 6 million TEUs in both container terminals.

Abu Dhabi Ports’ subsidiaries include Abu Dhabi Marine Services “SAFEEN”, providing a comprehensive range of marine, navigational and ancillary quayside services as well as VTS Services and fleet maintenance in a safe, secure and efficient manner; Maqta Gateway, developer and operator of the first port community in the emirate; and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, the first permanent cruise terminal in the region. To meet the increasing demand of cruise liners and passengers, Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach was developed, offerings cruise ship passengers a new beach destination with unmatched tourism experiences. Additionally, Abu Dhabi Ports also manages the Maritime Training Centre at Musaffah Port.

In 2019, Abu Dhabi Ports became the first organisation in the Middle East to receive Investor in People (IIP) Platinum Accreditation, an international standard for people management. It also received the Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame Award for Executing Strategy, which recognises organisations whose well-designed strategies and sustained excellence in execution have yielded industry-leading performance. 

About Investors in People

Investors in People is the Standard for people management. The international people management Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.

Based on a tried and tested framework and a rigorous process of assessment, organisations that meet the Investors in People Standard proudly display their accreditation to the world because they understand that it’s people that make the difference.

Since 1991, the standard has evolved to keep pace with modern practices. The current sixth generation was launched internationally in 2015.

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