The Abu Dhabi Dialogue is more than just a forum for discussing policy approaches to the management of temporary labour migration. The ADD plays a crucial role in the creation, development and oversight of pilot projects and programmes designed to improve the governance of labour migration. Through close cooperation, Member States help to strengthen the programmes by lending insights, expertise and resources, and even where they are not active participants, they learn from the experiences of other Members; experiences that are then often incorporated into their own policy making.


The most recent round of programming was initiated as a result of the inter-Ministerial meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, in Colombo, in January 2017. The resulting Colombo Declaration establishes the broad direction and principles for four key programmes, focused on ethical recruitment, skills certification, information and orientation programming, and the role of technology in the governance of labour mobility.


Further information on these programmes, and earlier work undertaken by and on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, can be found on this website.

Future of Domestic Work in the Gulf

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Technology in the Governance of Labour Mobility

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Comprehensive Information and Orientation Programmes (CIOP)

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Certification and Mutual Recognition of Skills

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An Alternative Model of Labour Recruitment

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