Khaleej Times

Tadbeer will offer 19 categories of workers

- Staff Reporter reporters@khaleejtim­

dubai — Tadbeer centres — a onestop centre that will soon streamline services related to domestic workers — will offer a host of 19 categories for customers to choose from.

The centres, which are expected to be functional in the fourth quarter of 2017, are expected to set a new standard for the provision of services to domestic workers, protect their rights, and help keep a database of their informatio­n in the country.

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisat­ion, said: “Customers select preferred domestic workers from a list of 19 different categories. Tadbeer centres shall act as a mediator and offer the highest level of contractin­g transparen­cy.”

Ghobash made the announceme­nt during a meeting held at the ministry in Dubai with Tadbeer centre investors, who received initial approval to operate 40 centres across the country.

Operating under a public-private partnershi­p plan, the ministry assures the new line of centres complete support, bringing functional­ity and service levels to match the preceding successor, Tasheel centres. These services will fulfil the UAE Government Excellence Programme.

The minister pointed out that the ministry is currently working with its overseas counterpar­ts to reach agreements concerning recruitmen­t processes. “The ministry has gone a long way in developing initiative­s and policies that will have a positive impact within the proposed bundle,” Ghobash added.

The meeting was attended by Saif Al Suwaidi, Undersecre­tary of Human Resources, Humaid bin Deemas, Assistant Undersecre­tary of Labour Affairs, Aysha Belharfia, Assistant Undersecre­tary of Domestic Workers Affairs.

According to official statistics, there are around 750,000 domestic workers in the UAE, making up nearly 20 per cent of the expatriate workforce. As many as 65 per cent of them are based in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

The centres are in response to the UAE Cabinet’s transfer of responsibi­lity for domestic workers to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisat­ion. The ministry is receiving and processing applicatio­ns for the recruitmen­t and employment of domestic workers in Dubai, before being rolled out in the rest of the UAE later this year.

 ?? Supplied photo ?? Saqr Ghobash during a meeting held in Dubai with Tadbeer centre investors. —
Supplied photo Saqr Ghobash during a meeting held in Dubai with Tadbeer centre investors. —

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