Dubai Customs achieves world-first for idea management

Dubai Customs awarded 7-Star Platinum rating from Ideas UK

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Dubai Customs achieves world-first for idea management Dubai Customs is no stranger to innovation, says Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 15, 2017

Dubai Customs has become the first government entity worldwide to achieve Seven-star Platinum rating for corporate innovation systems from Ideas UK.

The Customs department's Corporate Innovation System was assessed to meet the highest standards for ideas management systems, for the eight year in a row by Ideas UK, a consultancy and accreditation agency that supports innovation in the workplace.

The new rating was granted to Dubai Customs at the 31st Ideas UK award ceremony which was held in the UK last week. 

The accreditation is awarded after a comprehensive, independent audit of the organisation's ideas management program, with platinum rating only being awarded to organisations that score 90 out of 100 or more on a spectrum of over 50 standards including legislative and financial governance that measure the efficiency of the ideas program.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World Group, President of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, commented on the award: "It's no stranger to Dubai Customs to innovate and come up with new winning ideas within its efforts and journey to facilitate trade and movement of cargo and passengers. We are always inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai which aims at making people happier and helping Dubai always stand out from others in support of the UAE's national development plan and vision in fulfilment of 10X and UAE Centennial 2071".

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs reaffirmed the Department's keenness in keeping the pace moving forward and supporting innovation at the workplace.

Hussain Al Fardan, Senior Manager of Dubai Customs' Innovation Center explained that reaching this great level is the fruit of the staff's collaborative work and their positive attitude and team spirit.

"The Department encourages new ideas and adopts the best work practices to help Dubai maintain such a high status. This award urges us to keep the good work in order to always be an example to follow as a world leading customs administration".

Dubai Customs has also recently won five awards in Ideas America in the US, in September, along with nine awards, including the Best Idea at the World Ideas Awards in Frankfurt, Germany.

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