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Dubai Economy launches 'Smart Industry Award'

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on November 24, 2019
Khalid Al Kassim, assistant director general for Economic Affairs in Dubai Economy


Dubai Exports, the export promotion agency of Dubai Economy, along with the Business Excellence Department in Dubai Economy has announced the addition of a 'Dubai Smart Industry Award' into the Dubai Quality Award (DQA).

The new award seeks to involve the industrial sector in the excellence march in Dubai and encourage the digital transformation of industries in line with the objective set in the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 to elevate Dubai into a platform for knowledge-based, sustainable and innovation-focussed industries.

Dubai Exports, which has been entrusted with the overall handling of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, and the Business Excellence Department, will promote the new award among industries in the emirate. The industrial sector is projected to continue being a major driver of future economic growth in Dubai and the UAE, particularly in transforming Dubai into the smartest city in the world. The sector is also critical to the UAE Centennial Plan and accomplishing the eight principles of governance defined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Since its inception in 1994, the Dubai Quality Award has received the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who has been instrumental in driving the quality movement across the private and public sectors in the emirate. DQA encourages and motivates companies and institutions to adopt a policy of excellence, provide the best services, and recognize best practices in performance excellence.

The Dubai Smart Industry Award under DQA comprises nine core criteria, which are based on the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model, as well as technical criteria for measuring the digital transformation of processes and their integration into horizontal and vertical value chains of the organisation spanning development, manufacturing, supply, products and services.

Khalid Al Kassim, assistant director general for Economic Affairs in Dubai Economy, said: "Dubai Economy continuously works to strengthen the Business Excellence Awards, particularly the Dubai Quality Award, as an authentic reference for all sectors and a means to improve performance and productivity, as well as share best practices. We focus on developing quality standards and enhancing competitiveness among participants, in addition to launching initiatives that serve the business community. We are keen to take a leadership approach in identifying what is unique and beneficial to the economy in Dubai and the UAE."

- business@khaleejtimes.com

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