Labour Camps in UAE
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About Labour Camps
A labour camp is a large dormitory which is used to accommodate workers who perform hard labour. These establishments are designed with bedrooms, bathrooms and toilets with proper sanitation facilities. They can house a maximum number of 3000 employees. Most bedrooms are equipped with two to four bunk beds according to the size of the bedroom; each bedroom can accommodate an average of eight labourers. The bedrooms are also equipped with an air conditioning system, two chairs, a medium-sized table, storage cabinets, wardrobes and dressers. The bathrooms are equipped with sanitary ware and proper sanitation facilities.
Companies which provide accommodation services construct labour camps to address labourer requirement. All camps need to abide by the labour camp regulations set by the gulf corporation counsel. Some important regulations state that the accommodation buildings must occupy more than 65% of the total complex space. Each accommodation must have a mini market, a playground and needs to be equipped with a medical clinic with medical practitioners who are available for 24 hours. Each bedroom should not exceed eight workers and all establishments must have a clean kitchen which must comply with the public health standards and the surrounding environment must be neat and clean.
Labourers are provided with good nutritious food and uninterrupted electricity and water supply. There are proper sanitation facilities and clean water for bathing. All camps are administered by a labour camp facility management which assists labourers by addressing their problems and providing solutions accordingly. They administrate catering operations, determine dietary requirements and monitor the fitness level of the employees. Companies which provide labour camp services deal with offering different types of services such as periodic maintenance, laundry services, housekeeping service, catering service and recreational needs. They also offer janitorial service, general maintenance service and different types of inspection services.
Labour camps are constructed as per municipal approved labour accommodation rules. One key rule states that they must be located close to banks, shopping malls, entertainment zones and internet hubs. They are located in close proximity to railway stations, bus stops etc. Since labourers are prone to injury and disease due to the working environment the camps are located near hospitals and surgical facilities. Labour camps have access to an uninterrupted supply of electricity and some camps have access to free Wi-Fi facility. Some popular locations to find labour camps in the UAE are Al Nakheel, Ajman, Hamriyah free zone, Al Hamra, Al Khan, Al Ghuwair, Rolla, Abraj Street and Industrial area 15 Sharjah.