29 August 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE

ADGM Celebrates Emirati Women’s Day

About 9% of Emirati Women Holds Senior Positions at ADGM.

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) commemorated its first Emirati Women’s Day through a surprise celebrations for all its female employees, Emirati and other nationalities, on 28 August 2016.

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In celebrating Emirati Women’s Day, ADGM held an in-house exhibition event to honour and appreciate its female Emirati employees from various departments and holding wide-ranging job positions. ADGM went “live” in October last year and has been successfully growing in terms of its business achievements and workforce strength.

ADGM believes that representation is key, especially in and towards the success of a balanced and sustaining financial centre. Since its inception, ADGM’s workforce has strengthen and expanded by more than three times, reaching a total of 107. Almost 40% of ADGM employees are women and of which 15% comprises of female Emirati. Of this, 9% Emirati women holds senior positions in shaping and influencing the development and innovation of ADGM as the world’s newest IFC and Abu Dhabi’s first financial free zone.

ADGM advocates that an open and balanced workforce of committed, passionate and skilled individuals will ensure the continuing growth and success of its financial eco-system.

Hamad Al Mazrouei, Human Resources and General Services Director, ADGM, shared, “Each member of the ADGM team plays a vital role in laying the foundation and contributing towards the realisation of Abu Dhabi’s economic ambition of an IFC. We ensure that the best interests of our employees, female and male, are taken care of so that they are empowered to perform their tasks and duties to the fullest. We will regularly enhance our work environment and practice to the values of our culture and benchmark to the best practices of international jurisdictions.”

Emirati Women’s Day was launched in 2015 by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, President of the Family Development Foundation, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, in recognition of the importance of women and their pivotal role in the community, as part of the long journey made by the state for their empowerment. According to a report issued by the World Economic Forum in 2014, the UAE ranked first in the world index for treating women with respect.