Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority named one of the best places to work in the UAE
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) further bolsters its credentials as an employer of choice with a top ten ranking on the 2022 Best Workplaces list – Small and Medium Organizations. Awarded by Great Place to Work®, the global authority that recognizes high-trust, high-performing work cultures, the Authority is the highest-ranked government entity in the category at number six.
The latest in a string of accolades, the Authority has also been named one of the Best Workplaces for Women and a Great Place to Work in 2021, the first and only organization in Ras Al Khaimah to receive this certification. . It has also been recognized as “the government entity with the happiest working environment” in the emirate and “the happiest employees in Ras Al Khaimah” by the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence (SSPGE) .
Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “This incredible recognition for our tourism board did not happen overnight or as a result of a one-time initiative. It’s a sustained approach that began two years ago and has touched almost every aspect of our employees’ lives in very meaningful ways. The pandemic has wreaked havoc not just on the industry, but on everyone working in tourism and hospitality, and I believe our dedication to ensuring employee well-being, not just for our own colleagues but in the entire sector, has resulted in our successful recovery as a destination.
As part of its ongoing employee-focused efforts to create a work environment that puts employee health and well-being at the heart of its operations, the Authority recently announced a platform of initiatives aimed at enriching connectivity, community life and facilities for employees in the tourism sector in the Emirate.
Working closely with government entities, industry players and hospitality partners, the Authority has established a roadmap for the emirate to enhance its attractiveness for people to live, work and s to immerse yourself in a larger community. These initiatives include the expansion of public and intercity transport across the emirate, a thorough review of employment regulations and policies, community engagement programs, employee recognition programs, a RAK FAM community card, offering travel and tourism employees special discounts in retail, leisure and activities in the emirate and certification for travel and hospitality partners. These initiatives are based on the progressive policies put in place by the Authority, such as its “Lifestyle Benefits” program which guarantees employees equal treatment, regardless of their age, gender, parental or marital status. It was also one of the first government entities in the emirate to introduce an official remote working policy and an extensive hardship assistance program. Additionally, its strong Emiratization program provides Emirati nationals with training and leadership development opportunities for placement within the Authority or in cutting-edge industries in Ras Al Khaimah.
Sara Boueri, Senior Director of Human Resources to Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, added: “At The Authority, we embrace our role in creating a progressive and welcoming working environment for all industry players and we are delighted that our efforts have been recognized again. Our goal is to make Ras Al Khaimah one of the best places to live, work and raise a family, driven by a happy and strong community, a diverse economy and a sustainable environment. As such, we are continuously working on innovative ways to improve the mental well-being and quality of life of our emirate.
To learn more about Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, visit corporate.visitrasalkhaimah.com. Or, to learn more about Great Place To Work and its certification, go to www.greatplacetowork.me.