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Over 300 delegates attend Wellbeing@ Work Summit in the Middle East

7 Mar 2021

The fifth annual Wellbeing @ Work Summit in the Middle East took place virtually between February 22-24 with an incredible line-up of expert speakers from across the Middle East and the world providing invaluable insights to over 300 attendees from 12 countries.

Day one of the summit started with live music from award-winning jazz singer Ian Shaw followed by an excellent leadership panel discussion featuring NEOM, Liwa Stores, du and Petrotec Group discussing the world of work in an ever-changing environment. This was followed by a data-driven case study from Peter Baker of First Abu Dhabi Bank demonstrating a holistic approach to wellness in the workplace has a profound impact on productivity, engagement, and happiness.

A full morning of content on day two was focused on the importance of authentic, mindful, and compassionate leadership within the business environment. Case studies from Spotify, EY, DP World, Chalhoub Group, Zain Bahrain and Datamatics gave attendees the opportunity to gain real-life insights from organisations across the region. The event also witnessed the release of the data from a comprehensive study on the mental fitness of employees and organisations across the region and what leaders and companies can do to improve the situation.

The final day of the summit focused on some of the most important themes for organisations and HR leaders across the region. Ellen Dubois du Bellay, chief human resources officer at Jumeriah Group, chatted to Dr Nick Taylor from Unmind on how they have and continued to create a great place to work to unlock human potential.

The summit finished with an excellent conversation between Mustafa El Rafey, senior vice president of human capital at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, and summit organiser Chris Cummings on the new social contract for employees and organisations. 

Commenting at the summit, Rafey said, “Participating in the fifth edition of the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East was an excellent opportunity for HR leaders in the region to come together and share knowledge, experience and best practice. At Majid Al Futtaim, we realised early in 2020 that a new social contract must be established to suit the needs and wants of both talent and employers. Throughout all the challenges we continue to face, we realised that a quick response was essential – and as a result of our flexibility, Majid Al Futtaim successfully launched a series of new initiatives.”

Cummings, CEO of Sonas Events, organisers of the Wellbeing @ Work Summit, said, “It has been fantastic to see the incredible progress that organisations have achieved across the Middle East region over the last five years since we have been running this summit. All the data clearly demonstrates that a holistic approach to the wellbeing and mental fitness of your employee population delivers strong business results and it is great to see significant interest and investment being made across the region. I am really looking forward to our community growing in the region and a bigger summit in 2022.”

The Wellbeing @ Work Summits have been successfully delivering high-quality content to business leaders since 2014.


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