Abu Dhabi Dialogue

Type: Interregional forum on migration (regions covered: Asia and the Middle East)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: none

Established 2008

The Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia or Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) launched a collaborative approach to address development in temporary labour mobility in Asia. It was initiated to broaden the base for common understanding of issues and to influence practices and policies in the area of contractual labour for the region.

Current Thematic Focus
The Abu Dhabi Dialogue focuses on developing four key, action-oriented partnerships between countries of origin and destination for development around the subject of temporary contractual labour, based on a notion of partnership and shared responsibility:

  • Developing and sharing knowledge on labour market trends, skills profiles, workers and remittances policies and flows, and the relationship to development;
  • Building capacity for more effective matching of labour supply and demand;
  • Preventing irregular recruitment and promoting welfare and protection measures for contractual workers; and
  • Developing a framework for a comprehensive approach to managing the entire cycle of temporary contractual work that fosters the mutual interest of countries of origin and destination.

Members States (18 States, including 7 States in the Middle East and 11 Colombo Process Member States from Asia)

11 Colombo Process countries of origin
The Philippines
Sri Lanka
7 Asian destination countries
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Chairing Country
Current Chair: Sri Lanka
Past Chair: Kuwait

Observer States

Republic of Korea

Observer organizations
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
UN Women

Other International Organizations and Civil Society Organizations are invited to participate in thematic ADD meetings on an ad hoc basis as observers and thematic experts. 

UAE Ministry of Labour serves as ADD Secretariat.

IOM served as the ADD Secretariat from its inception in January 2008 to April 2012. In the 2nd ADD Ministerial meeting in April 2012 a set of Interim Operating Modalities were established that called for the Outgoing Chair, Current Chair, and Incoming Chair to act as the ADD Secretariat and IOM’s role transitioned to one of Observer and Thematic Expert.

Contact Information
UAE Ministry of Labour
Tel: +971 4 702 3407
Fax: +971 4 206 2912
Email: ad.dialogue@mohre.gov.ae


January 23, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Senior Officials’ Meeting
January 24, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 4th Ministerial Meeting

May 11-12, 2016, Dubai, UAE, Senior Officials’ Meeting
26-27 November 2014, Kuwait, Senior Officials’ Meeting and 3rd ADD Ministerial Consultation
22 May 2014, Senior Officials’ Meeting
14-15 May 2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Labour Mobility: Enabler for Sustainable Development
19 April 2012, Manila, Philippines, Second Ministerial Consultations of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue
17 April 2012, Second Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue
25 January 2012, Dubai, UAE, Senior Officials’ Meeting to prepare for Abu Dhabi Dialogue Ministerial Consultation
21-22 January 2008, Abu Dhabi, Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia

More events are available at http://abudhabidialogue.org.ae/en/regional-ministerial-consultations.aspx

Cooperating to Improve Temporary Labour Mobility Governance among Asian Countries of Origin and Destination: Inputs from the Abu Dhabi Dialogue to Inform the Development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
A Report on Proceedings - Abu Dhabi Dialogue Special Workshop on Operationalising the Four Collaborative Programs approved by ADD Ministers, 5th - 6th July 2017

Senior Officials' Meeting and Fourth Ministerial Consultations Agendas Colombo, Sri Lanka 2017

ADD Operating modalities
Framework of Regional Collaboration, 2012
Manila Communiqué, 2012
Interim Guidelines for Operating Modalities, 2012
Abu Dhabi Declaration [EN | AR]
ADD List of Participants 2008
Report of 2008 Consultations