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Innovation & Happiness was at the Crux of Dubai Quality Group’s 11th Ideas Arabia International Conf

International and local experts and participants came together for the two-day conference to speak on innovation, workplace happiness and suggestion & rewarding scheme. Organizations were also awarded for their outstanding ideas implemented last year.

Dubai (26th April 2016) UAE: In line with the UAE government’s vision to be one of the most innovative and happiest places to work and live in, Dubai Quality Group (DQG), under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, hosted the Ideas Arabia 11th International Conference 2016 on 25th and 26th of April 2016 at Four Seasons Resort Dubai. This year’s conference, under the theme “Aspiring for Innovation and Happiness”, featured international and local experts in the field of Suggestions & Rewarding Scheme, Innovation, Creativity and Workplace Happiness.

The enthralling two-day conference, opened by Ahmed Al Mulla, Vice Chairman, Dubai Quality Group served as a forum where experts in Suggestion & Rewarding Scheme exchanged ideas aimed at bringing to the Middle East the latest developments in the Suggestion & Rewarding Scheme and talked about how implementing the schemes will benefit an organization.

Ms. Feriyal Tawakul, Chair, Ideas Arabia, thanked all the conference attendees and the sponsors for supporting the conference. The conference was well received with over 300 attendees.

The speakers at the conference shared their experience & success stories about driving employee engagement in workplaces to create a positive, energized and innovation-friendly environment at work, where there is a win-win situation for both the employees and the organizations they work for.

The eminent list of Guest Speakers included Scott Friedman, International Author and Motivational Speaker, Michael Allen, Innovator and Idea Management & Engagement Specialist, Khalid Al Ameri, Columnist and Speaker, Nancy Cruger, Sr. Compliance & Quality Specialist at Kane is Able, Anthony Denatale, Sr. Specialist- Innovation and Creativity, DEWA, Brenda Kelly, President, Ideas America, Anand Chulani, International Speaker, Legacy Advisor & Peak Performance Coach, Bob Hooey, International Speaker (AKA Canada’s Ideaman) and Gus Takkale, GTI Canada

The conference was supported by Main Sponsors: Emirates Global Aluminium, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, and Dubai Land Department; Platinum Sponsors: Dubai Customs, Dubai Municipality, and Emirates Transport; and Gold Sponsor: ENOC.

The second day saw the most exciting part of the conference, with the much awaited announcement of the winners of the Ideas Arabia Competition 2016 marking the finale of the event.

1. Ministry of Finance, winner, ‘Idea of the Year 2016’

2. Emirates Transport, winner of ‘Smart Services’ Category

3. Emirates Global Aluminum PJSC, winner of ‘Productivity’ Category.

4. Dubai Police HQ, Winner of ‘Technology’ Category.

5. Emirates Transport, Joint Winner of ‘Customer Happiness’ Category.

6. Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Joint Winner of ‘Customer Happiness’ Category.

7. Public Transport Authority (RTA), winner of ‘Green Initiative’ Category.

8. Emirates National Oil Company LLC (ENOC), winner of ‘Health & Safety’ Category

9. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Winner of ‘Financial’ Category.

10. Dubai Police HQ, winner of ‘Educational’ Category.

11. Dubai Public Prosecution, winner of ‘Special Needs Support’ Category.

12. Dubai Municipality, winner of ‘Best Shared Idea’ Category.

13. Dubai Police HQ, winner of ‘Best Sustainable Ideas Scheme’ Category.

14. Mr. Manoj Philip, winner of ‘Best Suggestion Program Administrator’ Category.

15. Dubai Customs, winner of ‘Best invention (Public/Organizations)’ Category.

Ms. Fatma Buti Al Mheri, Chairman, DQG, expressed her vision saying, “Over the years, this conference has grown to be one of the best of its kind in the world, both in the number of attendees to the conference and in the number of submissions to the competition. This in itself proves the importance given to innovation in the region. We have received around 200 submissions to the Ideas Arabia competition this year, not only from organizations within the UAE, but from other GCC countries as well. I would like to thank all the participants, and congratulate the winners for their achievements.


About Dubai Quality group:

Dubai Quality Group (DQG) is a non-profit organization set up by the Dubai Department of Economic Development under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Guided by the vision of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, DQG was established in 1994 to develop and promote Quality and Business Excellence practices in UAE. The group organizes various training programs and events throughout the year with the objective of improving Quality of Service in the region. DQG hosts free Business Breakfast Events and Evening Seminars, conducted exclusively for DQG member organizations, to provide their employees with an effective platform for networking and knowledge sharing. Dubai Quality Group offers 3 categories of membership to companies; Investor Partner, Corporate Membership & Affiliate Membership

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