Our people are our greatest assets, and they are critical to our business success.
At Dubai Holding, we strongly believe in building an engaged and diverse workforce, supported by an inclusive workplace where everyone feels cared for and can thrive in.
Diversity and Inclusion
To demonstrate its commitment to gender equity, Dubai Holding signed the voluntary Pledge to Accelerate Gender Balance in the UAE Private Sector in 2022. This pledge affirms companies’ commitment to increase number of women in middle and senior managerial roles in the UAE to 30% by 2025 in support of SDG target 5.5. Dubai Holding has now achieved a 31% workforce represented by women.
To support this objective, Dubai Holding established a Gender Equity and Inclusion (GEI) Framework to foster a more gender-balanced work environment as well as inclusive culture and policies across the Group. This is supported through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council made up of senior level female and male employees from across the Group.
The GEI Framework consists of three pillars: Accelerate Impact and Reach.Below are a few examples of initiatives launched under the framework.
Director Development Programme
Dubai Holding partnered with the Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governance to launch an exclusive programme for women employees as part of the GEI Framework’s Accelerate Programme. The programme offers female employees the opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure necessary to take up senior-management or board level roles. Launched in the summer of 2022, the programme provides participants with a solid understanding of concepts including corporate governance, risk management, financial stewardship, accountability and planning, and board practices and procedures.
Dubai Holding Women’s Network
In 2023, Dubai Holding launched its Group’s first Employee Resource Group (ERG),the Dubai Holding Women’s Network. The Women’s Network provides a support system for members while promoting professional development, career advancement, and community engagement, all aligning with the Group’s broader Gender Equity and Inclusion Framework. The Network has grown to over 500 participants, and represents a strategic effort to enhance employee engagement, retention, and overall business performance.
She is campaign
The ‘She is’ campaign served as a showcase of our diverse and talented female leaders who work in different sectors and roles across the Group. This campaign’s objective is to challenge and overcome the ‘unconscious bias’ that some may have about certain professions or occupations based on gender stereotypes. By celebrating our female leaders, we affirm our commitment to gender equality and inclusion, which are vital for our organisation and society.
Certified Autism Destination
MOTIONGATETM Dubai and The Green Planet have achieved a remarkable milestone in Dubai’s ongoing journey towards becoming an accessible and inclusive destination by achieving Certified Autism Destination™ (CAD) as awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This accreditation signifies Dubai Holding Entertainment’s commitment to an inclusive environment and entertaining experiences for all.
Launched during the Holy Month of Ramadan 2023 with programmes rolling out throughout the year, Life Goals focuses on enhancing the financial resilience of blue-collar workers and recognising their significant contribution to the Dubai ecosystem.
As part of a strategic partnership between Dubai Holding and Visa, free and comprehensive financial literacy courses are provided with the support of volunteering employees from both organisations to over 9,000 blue-collar workers within the Group with the aim of enhancing their financial inclusion. The topics covered in the courses include budgeting, spending, saving, cards and fraud.
SparkLab: Empowering Innovation
Dubai Holding Real Estate has launched the second edition of SparkLab, an initiative that encourages its employees to unleash their creative potential, share their innovative ideas and transform their ideas into reality. By participating in SparkLab, employees can enhance their personal and professional skills, and contribute to the company's strategic goals and vision. SparkLab is more than just a challenge, it is a journey of transformation and discovery that inspires everyone at Dubai Holding Real Estate.