Dubai's Emirates-backed Transguard to build $31m staff homes

Jack Ball , November 8th, 2018

Dubai-based Transguard Group has started building a $31m (AED114m) staff accommodation complex in Jebel Ali, which will be able to accommodate more than 2,700 employees upon completion.

The new development, the business services provider said in a statement, is due to complete in Q4 2019 and will feature a dedicated medical clinic, a barber’s shop, a fully equipped gym, laundry facilities, and a dining area.

A prayer hall, bike storage, recycling, and ATM banking facilities will also be included at the new facility, located in Dubai South close to Jebel Ali Port.

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In a statement on its website, Transguard said the decision to build the new complex is in line with its “progressive [human resources] policy”, adding it is the second construction project of its kind for Transguard.

The company broke ground on its first dedicated accommodations in 2017 with a G+7 facility in Jebel Ali that will, when complete, house nearly 10,000 staff members and include the same amenities as the G+4 accommodation. Transguard, a part of Emirates Group, said the new building will benefit the environment by meeting the UAE’s green building compliance standards. LED lighting will be present throughout the facility, and solar panel water heating will be in operation, as will be grey water recycling.

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Speaking on the news, Greg Ward, Transguard Group’s managing director, said: “Our employees have always been our number one asset. This new development further underscores our commitment to offering our employees an environment where they can rest, relax and feel at home, ultimately creating a happier and healthier workforce.”

Emirates Group includes the globally renowned Emirates airline, and Dnata, which the group says is the Middle East’s largest travel management company. 

The news comes less than two week after the firm said it will ramp up its mergers and acquisition (M&A) strategy by completing two takeovers before the end of 2018, reported by Construction Week at the end of October.

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