Dubai: Taqdeer Award, a Government of Dubai Initiative to incentivize and motivate companies to excel in their respective fields whilst implementing best practice in labor rights, has revealed that it is partnering with Aster Hospitals and Clinics, to improve primary healthcare services for workers/laborers, and to consolidate Dubai’s reputation as the best city to live in, work and with the best healthcare.
Major-General Obaid Muhair bin Suroor, Deputy Director-General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai), Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai and Chairman of Taqdeer Award, and Dr. Sherbaz Bichu, CEO of Aster Hospitals and Clinics in the UAE signed the MoU to formalize the ties.
The occasion witnessed participation from Lt. Colonel Khalid Ismail, Secretary-General of the Award and several other officials from both organizations.
The partnership will provide tens of thousands of blue-collar workers from organizations which earn 4 and 5-star Taqdeer Award with a special discount card by the Award management.
The Taqdeer Award Chairman briefed that, “The workers are an important segment of the business community in Dubai and their role is vital in its progress. We thank them for their efforts and are keen on ensuring their sound health through early detection of diseases and assessment of their health condition and appropriate treatments.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Sherbaz Bichu stated that, “We are proud to sign this MoU with Taqdeer Award which is a noble initiative of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to provide world-class healthcare to blue-collar laborers. At Aster, our mission is to extend accessible and affordable care to all residents and offer them best treatment solutions. This collaboration exemplifies our promise that ‘care is just an aster away’. With this, we will be catering to the medical needs of thousands of expat workers who play a pivotal role in shaping the better future of the country.”
THE DISCOUNT CARD
The Taqdeer Award discount card is the 1st-of-its-kind in the world dedicated to the labor sector.
Currently, more than 160,000 workers are benefiting from the card in Dubai’s four main economic sectors – construction and electromechanical, free-zones, manufacturing and professional services.
60+ stores, institutions and companies are currently supporting the discount card, providing a range of purchasing options, items and services.
This is in addition to free scholarships and other services that allow workers to save tens of millions of dirhams annually in the form of special discounts to them by the card sponsors.