UAE plans housing for labourers with families

July 16th, 2008 - 11:43 am ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, July 16 (IANS) In a move that will benefit thousands of expatriate labourers, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is going to build labour accommodation complexes to let workers keep their families too. The Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (HCSEZ) has announced plans to build family-styled labour complexes to provide proper residential units for those with limited incomes, the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The HCSEZ has taken regulatory measures to ensure good environment for residents at the current labour accommodations.

The report quoted Khadem Sawayeh Al Muhairi, executive director for labour services at HCSEZ, as saying that the corporation would construct world-class complexes at competitive prices for the limited income categories.

Forty percent of the labour complexes will be allocated for families, he said, indicating that the corporation at this moment is seeking to build such complexes for workers in the industrial sector.

Earlier, the corporation took a number of regulatory measures aimed at ensuring societal security at the current labour cities, following granting of rent contracts to families by some companies in contrary to their obligations to only rent the labour premises to bachelors.

Indian workers comprise 42.5 percent of the total labour force in the UAE and 65 percent of them are in the blue-collar category.

The expatriate Indian population in this Gulf nation stands at 1.5 million.

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