Daman Awards recognise UAE organisations driving wellbeing in the workplace

The sixth edition of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards announces eleven winning companies in the UAE for their efforts in prioritising employee health and wellbeing.  The gala dinner hosted at W Dubai – The Palm in collaboration with MEED, celebrates the companies that recognise employee wellbeing is linked with business performance and economic growth and have taken tangible steps to create a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

Fuelled by a greater awareness of the relationship between employee welfare and organisational growth, this year’s participants each demonstrated their commitment to their workforce which results in improved bottom lines. 

The awards received a record number of 105 applications from companies demonstrating the pledges they are following through with and the wellness programmes implemented. Finalists were selected based on the quality and efficacy of their initiatives, including their implementation of holistic employee wellbeing, fitness programmes, promoting extracurricular employee activities, and encouraging support within local and regional communities. The finalists submitted entries for 15 separate categories, including the Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Visionary 2019, the Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Champion 2019, Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Award 2019, Fitbit Award for Physical Activity, Life Pharmacy Award for Community Impact and Saudi German Hospital Dubai Award for Best Workplace.

Hamad Al Mehyas, Deputy CEO of Daman, commented, “I extend my congratulations to the participants, finalists and winners of the sixth Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards. The high level of participation, we have seen this year, is indicative of increasing corporate commitment to the wellbeing of employees. For employees working in the UAE, maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is an essential aspect of enhancing their future health.” 

“Employees spend a third of their day at work, consequentially impacting their overall health. Our objectives behind these awards are to showcase how this impact can be positive and long-term across all workplaces. Healthier employees are more productive, which ultimately results in better performing businesses; collectively these businesses have the potential to boost the overall economy. We are confident that corporate health initiatives are a catalyst for a seamless win-win-win scenario for the individual, organisation and the economy”, concluded Al Mehyas.

There were a number of outstanding winners including The Executive Council of Dubai who earned, The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Award 2019 for the Public Sector, Standard Chartered Bank, UAE, who won the award for Benefits Strategy and Landmark Group who won the award for Innovation. 

Sonia Kerrigan, Group Commercial Director, MEED added “These awards are a showcase of UAE best practice. Setting the bar high, our winners are contributing to the ongoing development of the UAE’s human capital, helping to attract talent and stand out in a competitive global marketplace. We are honoured to have worked with founding partners Daman for these awards for six consecutive years. We will continue to promote wellness programmes which boost employees’ social connections and their ability to work as a team.”

Many of the other shortlisted finalists included Mashreq, Philips, Canon, Atlantis The Palm, Jumeirah Group, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, Dubai Holding, Masdar, and Roche Diagnostics.

The complete list of winners includes:

  • The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Award 2019 – Public Sector – The Executive Council of Dubai 

The Executive Council is the primary decision-making government entity in Dubai, maintaining the city’s security and order, providing public utilities and achieving economic and social progress in the city.

  • The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Award 2019 – Private Sector – Schneider Electric 

Schneider Electric is leading the digital transformation of energy management and automation. They make it possible for IoT-enabled solutions to seamlessly collect, analyse and act on data.

  • The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Champion 2019 – Dr Robin Tauzin from AlMansoori Specialized Engineering

Established in 1977, AlMansoori Specialized Engineering is a leading provider of oilfield services in the Middle East.

  • The Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Visionary 2019 – James Lafferty from Fine Hygienic Holding 

Fine Hygienic Holding provides their consumers with high-quality hygienic products and solutions. They are the first and largest hygienic tissue and diaper producer in the MENA region.

  • Saudi German Hospital Dubai Award for Best Workplace – Landmark Group

The Landmark Group began was founded in Bahrain in 1973, and has grown into one of the                     largest retail and hospitality conglomerates in the Middle East, Africa and India.

  • Fitbit Award for Physical Activity – Caesars Bluewaters Dubai

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai hosts 12 unique dining options, Qua Spa and the hottest entertainment housed at The Rotunda. This new island destination is the place to be in the city.

  • Life Pharmacy Award for Community Impact – Landmark Group 
  • Award for Benefits Strategy – Standard Chartered Bank, UAE

Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group, with more than 80,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets.

  • Award for Innovation – Landmark Group
  • Award for Leadership and Culture – Now Health International

Now Health International is an international private medical insurance (IPMI) provider with its company headquarters in Hong Kong.

  • Award for Most Improved – Alpin Limited

Alpin is the region’s leading and most trusted name in specialist technical advisory services.

  • Award for Newcomer – Sucden Middle East

Sucden is an independent market leader in soft commodities, trades on all the main markets and operates throughout the value chain.

  • Award for Social Wellbeing in the Workplace – Schneider Electric 
  • Award for Total Strategy – The Executive Council of Dubai
  • Award for Work-Life Balance – In2 Consulting

In2 Consulting are PR and communications experts in the unique multilingual, multicultural environment of the Middle East.

Saudi German Hospital Dubai is the Official Healthcare Partners of the awards, Fitbit is the Official Health and Fitness Partner, LIFE Pharmacy is the Official Pharmacy Partner, Optum has joined as the Official Health Management Partner, Healthhub Al Futtaim is the Supporting Partner while House of Nature and Technogym and the Strategic Gym Partner. The awards were also supported by VIP Partners Fine Hygienic Holding and Landmark Group. 

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