strategic vision

Type: Inter-regional 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 Labor for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia or Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) launched a collaborative approach to address development in temporary labor 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 labor 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 labor, based on a notion of partnership and shared responsibility:

  • Developing and sharing knowledge on labor market trends, skills profiles, workers and remittances policies and flows, and the relationship to development;
  • Building capacity for more effective matching of labor 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.

Chairing Country

  • Current Chair: Pakistan
  • Past Chair: United Arab Emirates (2019-2021), Sri Lanka (2017-2019), Kuwait (2015-2016), Philippines (2013-2014), UAE (2008)
  • UAE Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation 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.



    Members States (17 States, including 10 Countries of Origin and 7 Countries of Destination)

    • Afghanistan
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Kuwait
    • Malaysia
    • Nepal
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Qatar
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Sri Lanka
    • Thailand
    • The Philippines
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Viet Nam

    Past Member States

    • China
    • Yemen

    Observer States

    • Switzerland

    Past Observer States

    • Republic of Korea
    • Singapore

    Observer organizations  (3 organizations)

    • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
    • International Labor 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. 
    Contact Information

    UAE Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation
    Tel: +971 4 702 3407
    Fax: +971 4 206 2912