CIPD's Dubai hub "will serve members better"
Author: PM Editorial | Date: 18 Nov 2015
New office and services will benefit business in the region and raise standards
The CIPD has launched a new hub office in Dubai that will kick-start a range of services for members across the region, in a move that has already been welcomed by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) in the UAE.
At a launch event attended by a range of HR professionals, the CIPD announced its new office in Dubai Knowledge Village which it hopes will help it improve people practices and reach out to local HR and Learning and Development professionals through a range of networks, communities and events.
Speaking at the launch, Matthew Mee, managing director of CIPD Middle East, said there were around 400,000 people in GCC countries who worked in HR in some capacity, and the CIPD wanted to increase influence as well as membership in the region: “This isn’t just about getting a base in the region. It’s what we do in practice. It’s about how we champion better work and working lives, and how we help people do HR better.”
Peter Cheese, CIPD chief executive, said the move would better support existing members, who number over 2,500: “I’m proud of what we already do in the region. This isn’t about the CIPD coming here to say ‘this is how we do things’. We want to learn as well.”
Highlighting the similarities between the aspirations and working styles of millennials globally, he said there was an opportunity to share knowledge and ideas between regions for the mutual benefit of the profession: “We are moving towards a much deeper understanding of people and what it takes to manage them.”
The new range of CIPD services was welcomed by His Excellency Dr Abdul Rahman A. AL Awar, the director general of FAHR. “The UAE wants to be first among nations and we have many challenges and initiatives that require investing in people and changing the way we think about business,” he said. “I am proud to be a partner of the CIPD and I can see how fruitful our cooperation has already been.”
Enhanced HR practice would help deliver vital structural changes to the local workforce, said Dr AL Awar: “In this region, government has always been the first choice of employer and that will always be a problem unless it’s tackled by creating opportunities in other parts of the region. CIPD can be a great help in that respect.”
The launch coincided with a new report - HR professional judgement: A Middle East perspective – which looks at the particular ethical stances and dimensions practiced by HR professionals in the region, and how this compares with other parts of the world.