DUBAI: In line with its commitment to the health, safety, dignity and welfare of all workers, Expo 2020 Dubai recognised its delivery partners’ ongoing efforts to advance worker welfare at the first ever Better Together Awards, which were hosted in Dubai, UAE.
Designed to acknowledge world-class health, safety, quality and environment (HSQE) performance, the event saw 200 construction professionals gather at the Address Montgomerie to celebrate best practice among the contractors and consultants helping to deliver the Expo 2020 site.
Awards were presented for the contractor and consultant of the year, as well as for initiatives that have driven HSQE progress. Trophies were also given to a variety of construction professionals, ranging from workers, supervisors and project managers, to the individual who has done most to positively impact worker welfare on the Expo 2020 site.
Tony Aikenhead, Chief Infrastructure and Delivery Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “When it comes to delivery, Expo 2020 has four main objectives: to get everybody home safely every day; to treat people with dignity and respect; to preserve the environment and promote sustainable solutions; and to take pride in our work by striving for excellence and getting it right the first time.
“The Better Together Awards are a celebration of every single person who is living Expo 2020 Dubai’s values and working tirelessly to achieve its objectives.”
Representatives from Al-Futtaim Construction, Arabtec Construction, a CH2M-Mace joint venture, Laing O’Rourke, Parsons and Turner & Townsend all received accolades on the night, with UAE-headquartered Al Naboodah Construction winning the overall Better Together Award.
During peak construction, approximately 40,000 workers are expected to be active on the Expo’s 4.38 sqkm site. Based on the core values of care, respect and pride, the Better Together Awards represent an important part of Expo 2020’s strategy to advance worker welfare standards for everyone involved in the delivery of the next World Expo, in collaboration with its partners and UAE federal entities.
To learn more about Expo 2020 Dubai’s worker welfare policy, visit: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/Worker-Welfare.
About Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai is guided by the belief that innovation and progress are the result of people and ideas combining in new ways. For six months from 20 October, 2020, Expo will bring together 190 countries and millions of people to celebrate human ingenuity: ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
- During the six months from 20 October, 2020 to 10 April, 2021, we expect to welcome 25 million visits
- About 70 per cent of all visitors are anticipated to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in Expo history
- We aim to create and deliver an inclusive and global Expo with more than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions
- Expo 2020 also has an ambitious volunteer programme, which aims to include more than 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of ages, nationalities, cultures and backgrounds
- The Expo site covers a total of 4.38 sqkm, including a 2 sqkm gated area. It is located adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South
- Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to take place in the MEASA (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) region
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About World Expos
In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, were combined to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress. In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to find solutions to universal challenges and to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment.
World Expos are held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating international exhibitions (‘Expos’) and for fostering their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. Today, four types of Expos are organised under the BIE’s auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.
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