Tadbeer will offer 19 categories of workers
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.