Aon Best Employer UAE 2016

August 9, 2017

McDonald’s UAE awarded as an Aon Best Employer UAE 2016


Influential accolade awarded in recognition of excellence across employee engagement, leadership, employer brandand performance culture.

Dubai, UAE, 18th October 2016: McDonald’s UAE has been recognized as a UAE Best Employer in the prestigious Aon Best Employers Middle East 2016 study. The global initiative, which has been running annually in the Middle East since 2009, is a prominent study designed to empower organizations to improve talent acquisition and retention, help drive high performance and reward employers that create outstanding environments for their staff.

Speaking at the award ceremony yesterday, Walid Fakih, General Manager at McDonald’s UAE said, “Aon’s Best Employers Middle East 2016 award has become an international benchmark and holds a lot of gravitas. The accolade is a testament, not only to the commitment of our management and HR teams, but also a reminder of the outstanding nature of our staff. Fakih continued, “As a local business that has always invested heavily in training, nurturing and retaining highly engaged and happy team members, we are thrilled to receive this recognition. We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of the employees at McDonald’s UAE for contributing to such a collaborative working environment.”

The Aon Best Employers Middle East study focuses on four key areas to distinguish outstanding employers; high employee engagement, a compelling employer brand, effective leadership, and a high performance culture. Significantly exceeding the Middle East average across every metric, the highlights of the McDonald’s report included:

- 90% of employees are proud to be part of the McDonald’s UAE organization (compared to a 79% Middle East average)

- 90% of McDonald’s UAE employees recognise it as a socially and environmentally responsible organization with an excellent reputation among its community (91%).

- 86% of staff feels highly motivated to achieve more than is expected, versus the Middle East average of just 58%.

- 85% are inspired to do their best work consistently (regional average is only 61%).

- 84% of employees feel confident in the leadership’s future vision (compared to 60% average) and are excited for the future (62% average).

Elias Dib, Partner and Engagement Solution Leader at Aon Hewitt Middle East, said, “McDonald’s UAE displayed great results in this year’s Aon Best Employers Middle East study. It is very clear that the organization is investing in the training and development of its employees. Additionally, the Middle Management team is playing an important role in supporting, coaching and helping grow the junior team. I’d like to congratulate McDonald’s UAE for implementing best people practices and driving a high performance culture.” Since the launch of the first McDonald’s in the UAE, the company has been committed to delivering exceptional opportunities for employees and the wider community spanning training, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility initiatives.


About Aon Hewitt:

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About McDonald’s UAE:

Operating since 1994, McDonald's UAE today has 146 restaurants geographically located to service customers in many areas. McDonald’s UAE is committed to the quality of the products it serves at each restaurant and also maintains an active social responsibility agenda.

In an ongoing effort to improve communities and highlight the continuous environmental benefits of their actions McDonald’s UAE and Emirates Environment Group join forces in spreading green values among the UAE’s children with the ‘Planting a Greener Future’ campaign. McDonald’s UAE also significantly reduced its carbon footprint since the launch of its biodiesel initiative in July 2011. 100% of McDonald’s used vegetable oil is collected from its outlets across the UAE and converted into 100% biodiesel which is used to fuel the company’s logistics fleet.

In addition, McDonald’s UAE prides itself on being a local member of the community and has been committed to being a responsible corporate citizen since the first restaurant opened in the UAE. McDonald’s vast CSR agenda includes various sports events that promote balanced active lifestyles including the, the Olympic Champion Kids Program which offered children the chance to experience the Olympic Games live from Beijing in 2008 and the Player Escort Program which has been launched twice in the UAE and offers children in the Emirates a chance of a life-time experience to fly to the FIFA World Cup venue and escort football players onto the field such as in Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

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Hanae Ouakrime, Weber Shandwick, E: / T: +971 4 445 42 22