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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 Samuel Potter
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.