Yas Island 'Workforce Community' opened

A new labour camp was opened yesterday by developers Aldar Laing O'Rourke on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

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A new labour camp was opened yesterday by developers Aldar Laing O'Rourke on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

The first phase of the accommodation can house nearly 13,000 employees, while work on the second development is expected to be completed in 2009 and will boost workforce accommodation to 42,000.

At the opening ceremony, the developer said that the facility was the most modern of the type with several measures to ensure a comfortable environment for its staff. The community consists of several residential blocks with two main dining halls, with four different menus being served at each meal, including a vegetarian option for South Indian workers.

Also on site is a full-size cricket pitch, a convenience store, several pool tables and a DVD rental library. Additionally the workers, who will sleep four to a room, will have access to a fully equipped gymnasium and there is a medical centre on site. Speaking about his new accommodation, ground supervisor Syed Rashid said "I like it very much. I have worked for other companies before, but this is the best." Aldar Properties CEO Ronald Barrott added "Our future is in our people - we take our role seriously"

The natural island is currently undergoing a multi-billion dollar development by Aldar Laing O'Rourke and will include hotels, retail outlets and the new motor racing circuit that will be used to host the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 2009 onwards.

Historically, the company has been known for good workforce relations. Sir John Laing pioneered nurturing staff by giving them incentives such as paid holidays and annual outings way back in the early 1900s.

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