Best place to work: Chalhoub Group makes it to top ten list in Middle East


Dubai-based luxury retailer Chalhoub Group is one of the Middle East’s top 10 places to work, according to global consultancy firm Great Place to Work.

The annual rankings are based on more than one million survey responses from across Asia and the Middle East, representing the experience of more than 4.7 million employees in the region.

This recognition is based on confidential survey data assessing employee experiences of trust, innovation, company values and leadership.

Commenting on this year’s list, Ibrahim Mougharbel, managing director for the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait at Great Place to Work, said: “Despite the challenges we have faced during the pandemic, we are proud to witness even more continuous growth in employee culture awareness among leaders.

“Our best workplaces for this year have persevered through the time of unprecedented upheaval and have continued to persevere post-pandemic and we are here to celebrate them.

“We are therefore not celebrating companies; we are celebrating heroes,” he said.

Chalhoub Group attributes its success to “professionalism, passion and the right people culture to fuel the company’s key competitive edge”.

Adapting to the ‘new normal’ and learning lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic, the group recently implemented a ‘working from abroad’ policy, allowing employees to work remotely from any country for one month a year.

The concept was inspired by the idea that freedom of movement can be conducive to strengthening trust and boosting creativity.

In February, the group was officially certified as a Great Place To Work in Bahrain, and last year was rated one of the best 30 workplaces in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Both rankings were compiled by Great Places to Work.

Chalhoub specialises in the beauty, fashion and gift sectors and has joint-venture partnerships with luxury retailers Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, among others.

It operates more than 600 stores in 30 countries across the Mena region and Asia.