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New 5,500-inmate prison plan revealed

Detention centre to be built on outskirts of UAE capital Abu Dhabi, to include 500-bed women's jail.

Police in Abu Dhabi have unveiled plans for the country’s largest prison, to be built on the outskirts of the city.

The new jail, next to the existing Al Wathba prison and due for completion by the end of 2010, will house up to 5,500 inmates, UAE daily The National reported on Thursday.

It will take inmates from older detention facilities throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi and handle overspill from prisons in other emirates, under a sharing system that already operates throughout the UAE.

The new detention centre will be operated by a private contractor, which would take responsibility for everything from food and laundry to education, medical services and recreational programmes.

The Government is in the process of selecting the contractor but no potential operators have been named.

The new prison will also include a 500-bed women’s jail.

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