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Thousands of workers set for new Abu Dhabi accommodation

Special housing has been built for low wage workers.

July 10, 2010 11:44 by

Thousands of laborers in Abu Dhabi are expected to take up residence within special cities outside the main island, reports Gulf News.

The paper quotes an official who says that the new residences have all the required facilities for the low paid workers.

Mohammad Hassan Al Qamzi, chief executive officer of ZonesCorp, said, “These workers have helped us develop this country. It is important that we give them the kind of living they deserve, and a living facility where they are not only comfortable but where they can develop civic values that they can take away when they leave. This is our aim. So we have moved to transfer the workers to these labor complexes.”

ZonesCorp is the government-backed organization that administers specialized economic zones in the emirate, explains the paper. It is in charge of the workers’ residential “villages,” which provide housing for low-income, single workers.

Al Qamzi says that 60,000 workers are currently housed in Zonescorp properties. Each complex in the villages allows a maximum of 10 people per room, with bedspace being priced at AED 390 a month.

“We offer bedspace, housekeeping, maintenance and security at this price. However, some villages have other facilities too, like catering by licensed providers, which can change the price of the package for a company,” Al Qamzi explained.

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  1. AP on July 11, 2010 9:27 am

    Good Job. Now Abu Dhabi should send a strong message to other GCC countries to adopt the same standards for worker villages or worker complexes in their respective countries. The condition of workers in these other countries is pathetic to say the least. They are treated as slaves, not even labourers. I liked the statement “these workers have helped our country”…I only hope every country’s labour minister’s provide strong commitment to make these workers happy. I believe that these workers dejection has been a curse to the real estate industry already. And I hope these countries avoid further curse by improving their living conditions at least (as such, they are not giving them decent wages, some of them not paying wages at all).

  2. Andrew on July 11, 2010 12:24 pm

    Let’s just do what they do in Sharjah, and call them “townships” without the slightest hint of irony.

  3. Miss Anne Thropic on July 11, 2010 3:40 pm

    When I first moved here in 2006 and saw “labour camps for rent” advertised in the paper, I thought I’d inadvertently moved to Stalinist Russia…


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