Arabtec opens up labour camps for inspection

Construction site chief invites media for tour of camps in Dubai after BBC programme.
By Tom Arnold
Mon 13 Apr 2009 04:17 PM

Arabtec Holdingis set to open its labour accommodation camps to journalists on Thursday.

Chief executive Riad Kamalhas invited members of the media to tour seven of the construction firm’s camps in Dubai.

He agreed to requests on Monday from reporters, including Arabian Business, to visit the accommodation following a documentary by the BBC’s Panorama programme which claimed the firm’s camps were filthy and overcrowded.

Cameras for the current affairs TV documentary, which aired in the UK last week, filmed overflowing raw sewage leaking through one Arabtec camp.

One worker complained the toilets were so filthy they were unusable and about garbage and water blocking the roads around the camp.

Kamal has accused Panorama of being unfair in its reporting of the living and working conditions of workers of Arabtec Construction, a subsidiary of Arabtec Holding.

Arabtec, one of the largest contractors in the UAE which employs a total of 62,000 people, had more than 20 camps in Dubai and Abu Dhabi which were cleaned daily, Kamal told Arabian Business in an exclusive interview.

Log on to www.arabianbusiness.com to read Tom Arnold 's account from the labour camps on Thursday.

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