Municipality says firms should send workers to custom-built housing outside capital.
Abu Dhabi Municipality has urged contracting, maintenance, cleaning and labour-intensive companies to relocate their staff to designated “labour residential cities”, five of which are currently being built to house 300,000 workers by the end of 2010.
According to government news agency WAM, the Municipality says the measures are designed to reduce overcrowding in “improper housing”, as well improve the capital’s “public appearance”.
According to the Municipality, overcrowding in improper housing creates “serious irregularities” endangering the health of workers, as well as posing “serious social and behavioural risks to the comfort and stability of the community”.
“In addition, the intensive presence of workers within residential areas and districts constitutes a source of nuisance to the residents and families and endangers the social fabric of the UAE society, particularly since those workers have different cultures and are unaware of the customs, traditions and nature of the community living in the city of Abu Dhabi,” said the statement on WAM.
“The phenomenon also poses a threat to security and stability, constitutes an additional burden on service utilities and undermines the city's public appearance.”
The Municipality said that it was liaising with the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones to establish the labour cities, which will boast “essential facilities for recreation, civic services, sanitary utilities, health facilities, clinics, shopping centres and sports clubs”.
The Municipality recently announced that labour-intensive companies would be required to provide nominal lists of workers and technicians under their employ, and prove they were living in designated housing.