By Elsa Baxter
Al Bawadi Mall in Al Ain has banned labourers on weekday evenings and weekends - report.
A UAE shopping centre plans to build a second mini-mall just for labourers after it banned them following complaints of anti-social behaviour from members of the public.
Labourers are not permitted to enter the Al Bawadi Mall in Al Ain on weekday evenings and weekends, according to a report in the National.
They have been accused of staring and taking photographs of women, falling asleep on benches, even driving a truck into the entrance of the mall.
Khalid Shraim, the mall’s marketing manager, told the newspaper: “This is not a total ban. Labourers are allowed to use the mall’s rear entrance closest to Carrefour during the day and early evening, but they cannot come to the mall on weekends.
“We are trying to maintain the quality of the mall and create a wholesome family shopping experience.”
He said the mall was considering building a smaller shopping centre that workers in nearby labour camps can use.
“We are human beings dealing with human beings and realise that labourers also have shopping needs,” Shraim said.
“We are considering building a mini-mall for them with stores that sell less expensive items that they can afford on the minimal salaries they earn.”
The Al Bawadi Mall opened in December last year.
Is driving a truck into a shopping mall the labourers equivalent of a rock star driving a Rolls Royce into a swimming pool?
How about also giving them their own water fountains, and making their children go to separate schools and making them get on at the back of the bus? Does any of this have a familiar ring to anybody?
I don't see Ibn Battuta doing something like this. Laborers are a big chunk of their "footfall". Without all the laborers Ibn Battuta would be a dead zone on weekdays
I don't know what kind of new low the UAE is trying to achieve but this is just beyond disgraceful!!!!! The people who came up with this idea should be taught a lesson, and fast, about how to understand what being humane and treating people of all races and profesions is all about. I hope the UN are watching and reading about goings on like this here and other nations, and people who are living in the UAE, condemn such actions ever taking place and impose sanctions should they do so.
Without these labourers' NO 'Al Bawadi Mall' in this world.
The Saudi gentleman should stop importing his racist and degrading comments to the UAE. My wife gets stared at all the time in the Mall, but as long as they are not physically abusive i dont see any problem. Men are free to stare and gaze at whoever they want. Morever the Saudi gentlemans wife is already covered from head to toe in a bedsheet, maybe he needs to cover her with a potato sack as well to keep away the stares.Whats next, ban labourers from our streets on weekends. Why not just round them up in ghettos, transport them like cattle, feed them grain, and pretend they dont exist. This is a real low for the mall, and i for one will never patronise this mall and urge you all to do the same
I would urge one and all to BOYCOTT these kind of malls on a daily basis. These kind of people who enforce such things cannot be called humans. These kind of attitude does not exist in any part of the world except for Middle East. I hope the leadership wakes up and throws these enforcers out of the planet.
Apartheid by socio-economic group- nice! Perhaps they need to address the individual problems rather than simply apply a blanket ban. Some of the behaviour by those in 'higher' socio-economic groups is none too pleasant, but nobody minds because they're rich.
Such people who call themselves Mall Managers are not even fit for being Labourers themselves. They only can think of such Racism which never existed earlier in UAE. I hope the UN watchdogs are watching the way UAE is treating humans distinguishing on the basis of Profession & Race, not to talk of bias on the basis of Nationalities already existing in the Job market openly advertised and glorified by the Print Media as well. Thats a topic to be debated later. God Bless!!!