Time Out takes a look inside the homes of construction workers
In the industrial area of Al Quoz, dozens of manual workers’ accommodation buildings sit side by side, populated by men predominately from different parts of India. Most work on a contract basis on different architectural projects and construction sites in Dubai. We’re shown around one of the cleaner, more spacious buildings. Arriving in the afternoon, it’s deserted; all the men are hard at work on-site bar one – the warden, whose job it is to keep an eye on the accommodation. He shows us his modest room, with four bunk beds and a single bathroom down the corridor that’s shared by approximately 100 men who live on the same floor. Approximately 300 men live at this site. The warden’s room is situated at the far end of the complex, and has internet and a TV. Many of the men save their money and buy mini potable DVD players so they can watch films in their rooms.
Four men live in this room, sleeping on bunk beds and sharing a single bathroom with 100 other residents.
Each floor has a communal kitchen area when the residents cook. The kitchen features 10 hobs, where they take it in turns to prepare foods such as dahl and rice.
The men share one washing machine per floor and hang their clothes in the open to dry.
The three white barrels are the camp’s main water supply for the bathroom, kitchen sinks and showers.
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Louise Jun 19, 2011 08:10 am
What is the point in looking at the quality camps when they don't need fixing? The whole idea behind highlighting the poorer camps is to emphasise the fact that they still exist and they still need to be corrected. I could guarantee that there is a higher number of poorer labour camps as opposed to the better quality ones, so the fact that you manage seven lovely ones, despite it being fantastic and refreshing to hear about is pretty much irrelevant.
Lets not forget these guys who do hard labour in peak summer temperatures are entitled to an acceptable standard of living. So I say bring on the bad publicity for construction companies and lets start naming and shaming the owners whilst they drive their expensive cars into their expensive villa driveways.
atem tabi May 26, 2011 05:06 pm
Amera May 24, 2011 08:14 am
I am sick to death of press only going to the bad camps why can't someone with half a brain go and look at the camps where companies have heavily invested and have got it right - I am a western female and I manage seven labour camps with nearly three thousand men and soon to be more in the them - these camps are better than the boarding school I attended.
On my weekly visit last week the guys living in the Camps actually said thank you - and why wouldn't they I have just installed a fully equiped gym on top of a fully equiped games room on top of the internet room and a whole lot more benefits .......................
janelle May 16, 2011 08:25 am
I don't care what country you originate from and how this could be an improvement. Bottom line is that we are in the UAE and the UAE should strive to follow guidelines setforth by the WHO and workers rights (read the Human Rights Report issued yearly at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/160079.pdf). How is it right for 100men to share 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen where they have to fight with 9 others to get to the cooker, 1 washing machine per floor, and 1 common room?! Remember that they all work the same hours and have to cook, wash, and shower during the same off time. How is it possible to live in harmony like this? I think this should be investigated further. It doesn't seem right to me... AT ALL... just sayin
marie May 16, 2011 05:19 am
This looks reasonably clean and tidy. Having lived and travelled around India where large families live in one desperate room. I believe these men are able to earn a good wage to support their families and give them a better education. In India they would also be jobless. Let's look to the positive here. Living accommodation has changed dramatically for the better since i arrived in the 90's.