$681m housing units for workers
Abu Dhabi, August 7, 2007
Abu Dhabi plans to spend Dh2.5 billion ($680.75 million) towards building high-quality housing units to accommodate up to 180,000 workers.
The plan is spelt out in the emirate's Policy Agenda for 2007-08, which was issued recently.
'The emirate has taken proactive steps to counter problems faced by some expatriate workers in relation to accommodation, such as overcrowding, poor sanitation, lack of individual privacy, lack of communal space, and lack of access to recreational facilities,' the policy agenda was quoted as saying by the Gulf News.
'Recognising that these issues substantially impact the quality of life, health and sense of dignity of those affected, the government has supported the development of dedicated, low cost worker residences that meet or exceed international benchmarks for worker accommodation, including minimum living and communal space, leisure facilities, hygiene and safety,' it said.
'The emirate of Abu Dhabi aims to address labour management issues in a manner that ensures adequate protection for UAE nationals and foreign members of its working population,' it added.