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Thousands of workers set to move into new accommodation in Abu Dhabi

A special housing outside the main island has been built for low wage earners in Abu Dhabi

  • By Samihah Zaman, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 July 10, 2010
  • Gulf News

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  • A ZonesCorp handout picture shows accommodation in a residential city of the type that houses minimum-wage workers in the capital. At present, mostly male workers live in the accommodation.
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Abu Dhabi: Thousands of workers in the capital are expected to take up residence within special cities outside the main island, a senior executive has said.

Mohammad Hassan Al Qamzi, chief executive officer of ZonesCorp, said that the residential cities for minimum-wage workers have all the required facilities, including training workshops.

"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 labour complexes," Al Qamzi said.

Target group

ZonesCorp is the government-backed organisation that administers specialised economic zones in the emirate, and is in charge of the workers' residential ‘villages', which provide housing for low-income, single workers.

"We want to accommodate only single workers. This is our targeted group, and we want to give them a real place to live and socialise in," Al Qamzi said, adding that the residential complexes would not provide accommodation for families.

He told Gulf News that 60,000 workers are currently housed at the ZonesCorp-administered villages. Each complex in the villages allows a maximum of 10 people per room, with bedspace being priced at Dh390 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.

He said that the price had been set based on market demand.In addition to the current villages, which provide accommodation largely for male workers in the construction sector, Al Qamzi said ZonesCorp is also looking into providing accommodation for low-paid female workers.

"We are aware that low-paid female workers want to relocate to our residential cities. We are looking at developing areas for them too."

Comments (9)

  1. Added 17:14 July 10, 2010

    Bravo Abu Dhabi. Way to go. All the initiatives that Abu Dhabi governance is taking only seems to be for the welfare of people.

    Brian, Dubai, Afghanistan

  2. Added 15:32 July 10, 2010

    Cost wise the rent for the room is higher i.e., AED 3,500/month.

    Joseph A. R., Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:10 July 10, 2010

    I Appreciate Mr. Al Qamzi for his interest and action towards the workers. This facility is a boon to many workers who happen to pay a lot for bedspaces and food. All the workers here have to support their familiy backhome and so they have to save money to send home. This accomodation is a great idea, I just want to know whether any Majid is there closeby for the workers to pray and what about transport facility...since it is very far.... HATS OFF MR. Al Qamzi

    Judy N, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:28 July 10, 2010

    This news is very good for poor bachelors. Unfortunatly 10 people in a room is very conjustive with a stipulated price. Four to 5 people in a room is manageable / acceptable with a cost of Dhs.350.00 per person per month. Peoples working in the main land can not travel outside mainland area four times daily as many shops and comapanies are working two shifts. So, better provide some accomodation area for bachelors in mainland to solve this transportation problem.

    Anonymus, Abu Dhabi, India

  5. Added 13:10 July 10, 2010

    The initiative seems to be a very good approach towards the poor. Unfortunatly 10 people in a room is very conjustive with a stipulated price. Four to 5 people in a room is manageable / acceptable with a cost of Dhs.350.00 per person per month. That way we can call it supporing the poor. Othewise I don't think it is true.

    Joseph, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:40 July 10, 2010

    i am very proud to read this news topic as 'accom complex for low wages workers in abu dhabi'. I would like praise mr.qazmi's statement as well as abu dhabi government. Of course we should respect them who is woking hard in hot climat.

    m.abdul rasack, auh, India

  7. Added 12:01 July 10, 2010


    Irfan Mohammed Ali, Abu Dhabi , India

  8. Added 10:26 July 10, 2010

    Zones Corp is doing a great Job by providing decent accomodation for the labours. The complex is consisting of Thousands of rooms in many blocks. Taxis are not allowed to enter, some face diificulty especially the sick, they have to walk more than 1 km to catch a taxi. Same goes for someone going on vacation. he need to carry his luggage to the out of the compound to get a taxi. If they can sort out this it will be more helpful.

    Bm Suhail, Mussafah, Afghanistan

  9. Added 09:30 July 10, 2010

    Really it's necessary and a good move. But, it should be clean and keep tidy hygenically all the time.

    Henry, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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