Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate – has launched the second edition of its Internal Excellence Award, MAFNOOD 2016.
In its latest edition, Abu Dhabi Ports expects more employees to participate, demonstrate their skills and bag the prestigious award. MAFNOOD (Arabic for ‘distinguished’) supports Abu Dhabi Ports’ strategy to motivate its employees to adopt international best practices as well as its vision to become the preferred provider of world-class integrated ports and industrial zone services. Employees showed overall improved performance since the first edition of the award was launched in 2014.
“The MAFNOOD-inspired performance improvement was evident in all fields of our operations and this greatly contributed to our remarkable success in the Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance (ADAEP) in 2015. The increased enthusiasm of our employees has also influenced our decisions to make increased investments in advanced equipment and technologies as well as in overall infrastructure development to better serve our customers,” said Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.
“Our highly motivated workforce is giving a boost to the Abu Dhabi’s maritime industry that heavily contributes to the UAE’s reputation for its quality maritime infrastructure,” he added.
The awards will be announced in three categories, namely “Units and Divisions”, “Projects”, and “Individuals”. An independent external assessment team will evaluate the entries and select the winners. It will conduct in-depth interviews focusing on aspects such as leadership, strategy, project management, work planning and organisation, customer service and creativity etc.
As it is mandatory for all units/ divisions of Abu Dhabi Ports to participate in all categories of the Award this year, the number of submissions is expected to increase considerably. The Award procedures started in February and the winners would be announced in October.
MAFNOOD was launched in 2014 in line with the Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance (ADAEP) to encourage and demonstrate the highest level of excellence. The winners of MAFNOOD automatically qualify to enter the ADAEP. In 2015, Abu Dhabi Ports won two prestigious awards at ADAEP ― namely, the award for “the Financially Distinguished Entity” and “the Distinguished Entity in Performance Improvement”.