Nakheel plans second labour complex

Nakheel plans to build a second labour complex in Dubai to accommodate construction workers.

Nakheel plans to build a second complex in Dubai to accommodate construction workers.

Chris O'Donnell, CEO, Nakheel said that the complex will be built in Deira and is likely to serve contractors working on the Palm Deira and redevelopment of Port Rashid projects.

The first phase of the first labour accommodation project in Madinat Al Arab at Dubai Waterfront is nearing completion.

Called Omran, the complex will be made up of two-storey prefabricated cabins with an emphasis on the quality of common spaces, facilities and catering.

It will initially house 5,000 workers and will include restaurants, an internet café and shops.

Contractor Al Masaood Bergum won the $63.9 million (AED 235 million) turnkey contract for the first phase, and is bidding for the second phase of the project, which will accommodate 60,000 workers on completion,

"We're looking at doing something similar in Deira - so we'll end up with workforce accommodation of the right standards, which we can then offer to our contractors, at both ends of Dubai," said O'Donnell.

A number of projects to raise the standards of labourers' accommodation are under way or planned across the GCC.

In Abu Dhabi,  Aldar Properties' is planning one on the $40 billion YAS Island development, while another is planned by the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) on Saadiyat Island.

Qatar's Barwa Real Estate is also building Barwa City to house 50,000 labourers.

The city will open in March, with 9,000 units spread across a two million m2.

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