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Conference & Exhibition: 1 - 3 November 2021
Workshops: 30 - 31 October & 4 November 2021
Zabeel Halls 5 & 6, DWTCDubai, United Arab Emirates


Celebrating Great People Doing Great Work

The Future Workplace Awards: 2 November 2021

250+ Award Submissions | 400+ Attendees | 20+ Expert Judges | 24 Award Categories | 1 Exciting Evening

Join the Future Workplace Award Ceremony

We will be in Dubai on the 2nd November 2021. To purchase tickets or for more information please reach

Key Dates

Since its launch in 2012, the Future Workforce Awards is an independent and prestigious endorsement of the quality of Middle Eastern employer companies, individuals, teams and solution providers – across the human resources spectrum. 

Celebrate with your team all the hard work and accomplishments that have come out of a truly challenging year.

Final Entry Deadline

14 September 2021

Shortlist Announced

12 October 2021

Award Ceremony

2 November 2021

Why Participate in the 2021 Future Workplace Awards?


  1. Being a part of Future Workplace Awards provides your brand access to global and regional marketing platforms via online media.
  2. Your participation affirms that your organisation is investing in HR and has an active agenda to improve your workplace, satisfying current employees and attracting talent.


  1. Entering the Future Workplace Awards is a way to thank and honour valued employees and to show you care about the future of your workplace, making you more attractive as an employer.
  2. Your award application helps reflect on the achievements, challenges and areas of improvement which is vital for any developing business.
  3. Being nominated, shortlisted or winning an award can help boost staff morale and improve motivation.


  1. The awards are an excellent opportunity to network virtually with hundreds of senior HR professionals, showcase your work and learn from others.
  2. Celebrate all the hard work and successes of the industry with 24 awards, covering every aspect of work including; Employee Experience, HR Technology, Recruiting, L&D and Achieving Excellence in HR.

Announcing the 2021 Future Workplace Awards Categories!

Plus 3 exciting new categories! Get started with your nominations now for:

Best Employee Engagement Strategy

Best Employee Wellbeing Programme

Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

Best Reward & Recognition Strategy

Best Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy

Best Social Impact Initiative

Best Innovative HR Initiative

Best Innovative L&D Initiative

HR Team of the Year

Best HR Transformation & Change Management Strategy

Employer of the Year

Best Talent Management Strategy

Best Executive & Leadership Development Programme

Best Women Development & Leadership Programme

Best HR Analytics Strategy

Best HR Technology Implementation

Best L&D Technology Implementation

CHRO of the Year

HRs Rising Star of the Year

Best Person in a Crisis

Best Execution of a Business Continuity Plan

Best Crisis Communication Strategy

Best Innovative Flexible Working Initiative

Best Employee Support Strategy


Future Workplace Awards (formerly known as Middle East HR Excellence Awards) showcases the best HR talent in the Middle East and honors HR professionals in government and the private sector for their outstanding contributions in creating a high performing workforce for the future. Have a look at the highlights from the 2019 edition:

Our 2021 Judging Panel

This year we have a panel of 20 judges, who have each dedicated their time and their efforts to score the award entries.

Our judging panel is made up of internationally recognised and respected judges from a variety of industry sectors and disciplines. The panel are carefully selected to ensure the selection process is fair and objective. The judges are bound to a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries.