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New team set up to monitor UAE labour camp conditions

New section will ensure standards at all labour camps across the UAE - Ministry.

New team set up to monitor UAE labour camp conditions
CAMP STANDARDS: The Nad al Sheba labour camp, which has since been closed. (ITP Images)

Standards of UAE labour camp accommodation will be monitored by a new section that has been established by the Ministry of Labour.

Humaid Bin Deemas, acting director general of the ministry, said the new section was created to oversee the implementation of the Manual of the General Criteria for Workers Accommodation.

These new standards, which came into effect this month, will affect two million construction workers across the UAE, Gulf News reported.

Previously, criteria for labour camps were decided by each individual emirate, but the new manual raises standards across the board.

"The quality of labour accommodations is one of our main priorities at the ministry and more emphasis will be put on this issue in the coming period," Bin Deemas told the paper.

"The main task of the new section will be to supervise the implementation of the new criteria for the labour accommodation in cooperation with other concerned bodies and private companies.

"The section is to create a complete database on all labour accommodations to facilitate the implementation of the decision," he said.

The new section will form part of the ministry’s inspection department.

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STEPHEN CANSECO 11 years ago

THE GOV'T SHOULD ADDRESS THE REAL ISSUE AND APPLY THE LAW OR POLICY AND NOT JUST TO SHOW IT TO THE INTERNATIONAL ORG./BODY. THAT THEY ARE DOING "SOMETHING" ABOUT IT.