Top 10 Companies in the UAE with the Best Workplace Culture

Top Companies in the UAE

The latest study by The Great Place to Work (GPTW) Institute – global research, training, and consultancy firm, has revealed the ‘Top Companies to Work for in the UAE’. The 2017-18 ‘best employers in the UAE’ list includes 25 companies ranked on their outstanding workplace cultures. These companies span across sectors including, retail, manufacturing, finance, technology, hospitality, media, and logistics.

These may not necessarily be the top paying companies in the UAE but are successful in keeping their employees happy retaining them in the organization for long. The companies that have appeared on the list enjoy the title of an ideal workplace where people feel connected, fairly treated, enjoy better work-life and a healthy work environment. Most of these companies keep their focus on employee-focused initiatives that can help their employees in their career development.

Here’s a list of top 10 companies to work for in the UAE based on their workplace culture:


Rank #1: THE One

Industry: Retail/Specialty

Known for offering affordable luxury in quality home fashion, THE One delivers a seasonal collection of in-house, unique designed furniture and accessories in different price range and designs. Since the opening of its first store in 1996 in Abu Dhabi, the furniture retailer has marked a strong presence among interior decorators and homemakers in 9 countries in the region. The One has also launched 3 new brands – THE One Basics, FUSION by THE One, and THE One Junior.

Compared to the last years’ ranking, The One has climbed up the list of top companies in UAE from 4th to 1st becoming the best workplace in the UAE in the Great Place to Work Institute UAE Survey, 2018. The One always looks to hire the people who share the company’s core values of Love, Dare, Believe and Live.

You can check out job vacancies at THE One here.


Rank #2: DHL

Industry: Transportation/Package Transportation

DHL is a leading logistics company, which is a part of the world’s top postal and logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group. DHL operates in more than 220 countries including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and includes several business units such as DHL eCommerce, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Parcel, DHL Express, DHL Freight, and DHL Supply Chain.

Working towards its mission of inspiring its people to deliver their best, the company employs over 340,000 talented individuals that make a diverse global team. Some employees even willingly choose to spend their entire career with the company moving successfully from one role to the next higher role. DHL offers numerous career opportunities and creates certified specialists by providing them access to continuous learning and personal development programs. Along with a culture of openness and a flexible work schedule, DHL rewards those who prove their caliber from time to time.

DHL’s work culture is strongly built on respect, recognition and equal opportunities for all. The various awards received by the company for its work culture include:

– Great Place to Work 2017 & 2018

– Aon Hewitt Best Employers 2015

– Top Employers Institute Award – Top Employers Deutschland 2016, Top Employers – – Europe 2016, and Top Employers Global 2015 certification

– DHL meets the quality standards laid down by the ‘Fair Company’ Initiative


Rank #3: Omnicom Media Group (OMG)

Industry: Media

Omnicom Media Group (OMG) is the media services division of the Omnicom Group Inc., one of the leading global advertising, corporate communications, and marketing companies. Known for delivering services to more than 5,000 clients in over 100 countries, OMG includes the leading global data and analytics company (Annalect), full-service media networks (PHD Network & OMD Worldwide), and various media specialist companies such as Pathway, Resolution, Accuen, and Novus. Working in the Middle East, Omnicom Media Group MENA supports the working of network operations and provides media consultancy services and strategic communication services to the leading brands in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As per the 2018 survey by the Great Place to Work® Institute, OMG MENA ranked third among the top companies in Dubai, UAE for its commitment to employees’ satisfaction.

OMG values the concept of maintaining a good work-life balance to ensure wellness and health of its employees. The organization is always committed to expanding career opportunities for all employees irrespective of religion, age, gender, national origin, color, race, and other characteristics. OMG fosters a positive environment that retains, engages and attracts the best talent from different parts of the world. The company’s culture makes it an employer of choice and a great place to work.


Rank #4: Splash

Industry: Retail/Clothing

Splash is one of largest fashion retailers in the Middle East. Headquartered in Dubai, Splash is a part of the Landmark Group, which is one of the biggest retail conglomerates in India, Africa, and the Middle East.

Beginning its journey in 1993 as a single brand store in Sharjah, Splash now operates more than 55 brand stores and 220 stores across 14 countries.

Over the years, the company has received various industry accolades that include:

– Recognized as one of the best places to work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by the Great Place to Work 2016 awards

– Awarded ‘Powerbrand’ status for 2013

– Dubai Lynx Awards in the Design category for the Splash 2014 calendar

– Most Admired Retailer Award and the Most Admired Marketing Campaign at the Retail ME Awards 2011

The fashion retailer has also won several HR Awards including Best Talent Management Strategy, Best HR Strategy, and Best Career Development Strategy. Splash employs over 4,000 employees and always looks out for talented individuals who are creative, ambitious and ready to accept new challenges.

You can check out job vacancies at Splash here.


Rank #5: Hyatt

Industry: Hospitality/ Hotel & Resort

Hyatt is a global hospitality company with a rich history. With a portfolio of over 650 properties and more than 100,000 talented professionals working across 54 countries, Hyatt has been offering authentic hospitality that makes a difference in the lives of their customers. This has all been possible because the hospitality giant values its employees greatly. Ranked fifth in the Great Place to Work in the UAE 2018 survey only confirms this fact about Hyatt. Hyatt offers its employees tremendous benefits and perks such as:

– Travel perks including complimentary and discounted stays at Hyatt hotels around the world

– Paid time off to the employees following the birth or adoption of a child as well as financial assistance for adoption

– Access to skills training and excellent education opportunities

– Free or subsidized meals during work hours

Hyatt offers a diverse workplace to its employees that allows them to be their genuine selves at work. It also strives to offer its employees a healthy work-life balance.

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Rank #6: Weber Shandwick

Industry: Professional Services (PR & Communications)

Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement agency having the presence in around 34 countries and 79 cities. With a strong network expanding across the globe, the firm includes a diverse team of designers, strategists, producers, developers and analysts who are an expert in their fields of works. Weber Shandwick MENA is a known leader in public relations specialties and practice areas, ranging from corporate and consumer to financial, technology and public affairs.

Headquartered in Dubai, Weber Shandwick MENA has been included in the Great Place to Work Institute, UAE list for the fifth consecutive year. In 2018, the agency ranked #6 in the ‘top companies to work for in the UAE’ list. The other awards received by the company include:

– Global Agency of the Year 2017 by PRWeek (2017, 2016, 2015)

– The Homes Report Global Agency of the Year (2015, 2014, 2012, 2010)

The other MENA offices of the company are located in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Morocco, and Lebanon.


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Rank#7: Hilton Worldwide

Industry: Hospitality/Hotel &Resort

Hilton Worldwide is one of the rapidly growing and largest hospitality companies in the world. The company has consistently been featured on the GPTW list and this year it climbed up one place, ranking #7 in the GPTW 2018 UAE survey. Also ranked among the world’s 25 best multinational workplaces in 2016 and the world’s most reputable companies by Forbes in 2017, Hilton comprises of 14 world-class brands, and 4,900 properties, including 800,000 rooms in 104 countries. Hilton always creates meaningful opportunities for its employees by establishing a connection with them and promotes a culture of excellence.


Rank #8: Hilti Emirates

Industry: Construction

Founded in 1941, Hilti is one of the leading construction companies not just in Dubai, UAE but globally, known for designing and providing technology-leading products, services, and systems. Hilti Emirates started its operations in the UAE in 1991 and is consistently ranked among the best places to work in the world. Ranked #8 by the GPTW in 2018, the various other awards won by the company present a testament to its culture as an excellent employer:

– Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For (2015)

– Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For (2016)

– 22nd in the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces (2015)

The company aims to retain its status as one of the best places to work, and therefore, promotes a unique working culture that nurtures the talent from different backgrounds and rewards them for their efforts. The company employs more than 24,000 employees in over 120 countries. Headquarters in Dubai and main office in Bahrain, Hilti Emirates LLC operates in 19 locations in the Middle East.


Rank#9: Cisco

Industry: Technology

Cisco is one of the leaders in IT and networking globally. The company helps clients transform how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. Known for offering excellent solutions, the company specializes in networking, wireless & mobility, security, collaboration, data center, analytics, Internet of Things, and software solutions that deliver results to the clients. This is possible because Cisco truly values its employees and offers them tremendous benefits and perks such as:

Competitive compensation plan, generous employee stock-purchase program, tuition reimbursement, and annual bonuses

Dedicated quarterly team budgets for organizing fun activities

Career growth opportunities through skill development programs

These benefits coupled with a great work environment makes Cisco a great place to work. Owing to this fact, the company ranked ninth in the top 10 best places to work in the UAE, in the GPTW 2018 survey.


Rank#10: FedEx

Industry: Transportation/Package Transport

FedEx (Federal Express) is a global leader in the transportation industry, providing reliable and rapid delivery to over 220 countries and territories. Joining the league of best employers in the UAE by THE GPTW 2018, FedEx value its employees for working towards the organizational goal of achieving 100% customer satisfaction.

FedEx family of companies offers a broad range of e-commerce, transportation and supply chain solutions in the world. FedEx Express is its largest company that provides express delivery service to more than 220 countries in just one or two business days. The company serves its strong customer base in five geographical regions, one being Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

FedEx is dedicated to encouraging its people to learn and grow, and therefore, provides them with necessary training and tools to develop skills.  The company supports a rewarding, strong and diverse culture of equality, health, and safety for its employees. The company is also recognized for its employee motivation, relations, and strategy.

Apart from the listed top 10 companies, the other employers that have ranked in the list include:

– Philips (Technology)

– Iconic (Fashion)

– WSP (Engineering, professional services)

– Apparel (Retail)

– Leminar Air Conditioning Company (Industrial)

– Danube Home (Furniture)

– UAE Exchange (Finance)

– Smith & Nephew (Healthcare)

– Danone (Food and beverage)

– Leminar Air Conditioning Industries (Industrial)

– Pizza Express (F&B)

– NMC Healthcare (Healthcare)

– Redington (Supply chain)

– Delta Partners (Management consulting)

– Centrepoint (Fashion)

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