Eti­had Air­ways wins ‘Na­tion­al­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive of the Year’ award 2015

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

ABU DHABI: Eti­had Air­ways, the na­tional air­line of the United Arab Emi­rates, was named win­ner of the ‘Na­tion­al­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive of the Year’ award at the Mid­dle East HR Ex­cel­lence Awards 2015.

The award was pre­sented dur­ing a gala re­cep­tion held in Dubai, at­tended by se­nior pro­fes­sion­als from across the Mid­dle East HR sec­tor. The air­line was also short­listed in two other cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing HR Team of the Year and In­no­va­tion in Ex­ec­u­tive & Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment.

The Mid­dle East HR Ex­cel­lence Awards rec­og­nize the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of in­di­vid­u­als, teams and or­ga­ni­za­tions that have con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of the HR pro­fes­sion in the re­gion. The awards show­case best prac­tice in HR and tal­ent man­age­ment in the Mid­dle East, and honor HR pro­fes­sion­als in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors for their con­tri­bu­tions in cre­at­ing a high-per­form­ing work­force.

Ray Gam­mell, Eti­had Air­ways’ Chief Peo­ple and Per­for­mance Of­fi­cer, said: “It’s an honor to be rec­og­nized by the Mid­dle East HR Ex­cel­lence Awards. Our Peo­ple and Per­for­mance team of more than 300 pro­fes­sion­als has worked ex­cep­tion­ally hard this year, and I’m de­lighted to see the ef­forts of the team ac­knowl­edged by our peers in the hu­man cap­i­tal sec­tor.

“We con­tinue to in­vest in de­vel­op­ing UAE na­tion­als into fu­ture avi­a­tion lead­ers through our highly suc­cess­ful train­ing, busi­ness ex­change and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, which is our top pri­or­ity. This year alone we wel­comed more than 1,000 UAE na­tional employees, and we are de­lighted to be ap­pre­ci­ated for the way in which we source and de­velop our lo­cal work­force.

“UAE na­tion­als are now ranked the num­ber one na­tion­al­ity group within the air­line, as well as amongst employees at man­ager level, ex­ec­u­tive level and within the pi­lot com­mu­nity.” More than 2,700 Emi­ratis are em­ployed by the air­line across a range of po­si­tions, within the UAE and in 45 cities in 25 coun­tries. Un­der plans to ac­cel­er­ate its em­ploy­ment of UAE na­tion­als over the next five years, Eti­had Air­ways is ex­pected to re­cruit more than 6,000 UAE na­tion­als by 2020. As one of the fastest grow­ing air­lines in the world, Eti­had Air­ways has over 25,000 employees world­wide and prides it­self on offering ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­nal pro­gres­sion to its work­force, through a cul­ture of per­for­mance, recog­ni­tion and re­ward.

Wis­sam Hachem, Eti­had Air­ways’ Vice Pres­i­dent Learn­ing and De­vel­op­ment (left), with col­leagues Ahmed Al Khaja, Eti­had Air­ways’ Man­ager Tal­ent Ac­qui­si­tion Emi­rati­sa­tion (sec­ond right), and Ma­jed Al Balooshi, Eti­had Air­ways’ UAE Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Per­for­mance Man­ager (right), at the Mid­dle East HR Ex­cel­lence Awards 2015.

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