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Abu Dhabi Ports wins People Development Award At IBJ Awards

Award in second consecutive year recognises Abu Dhabi Ports’ efforts to build knowledge and skills of employees

Abu Dhabi Ports−the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate−has won the People Development Award At the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards in the second consecutive year. The IBJ Awards offer global recognition to exceptional companies or organisations in the maritime Bulk industry.

Gary Lemke, Executive Vice President of Abu Dhabi Ports, received the award at the IBJ Awards night held at Antwerp in Belgium recently. The People Development Award recognises Abu Dhabi Ports’ efforts to build the knowledge and skills of the employees and to provide structured and meaningful career development opportunities, which support the UAE’s objective of empowering the Emirati talent.

“This honour once again validates Abu Dhabi Ports’ track record in providing continuous development opportunities for our employees. We have always been introducing innovative training and development programmes, especially for Emiratis who are responsible to lead this country forward,” said Abdullah Humaid Al Hameli, Vice President – Emiratization, HR and Admin, Abu Dhabi Ports.

Abu Dhabi Ports has a number of development programmes for its staff members. Ports International Executive Road (PIER) programme has been designed to ‘fast- track’ UAE National employees for top leadership positions. NAWRUS (‘The National Way to Ramp Up Success’) initiative targets young Emiratis, offering them positions to train for port operations jobs.

The company made significant progress in promoting local talents by achieving Emiratisation rate of 44 per cent across its total workforce in 2014. As this rate is set to rise up to 47 per cent in 2015, Abu Dhabi Ports is optimistic about achieving 55 per cent target by 2017.