Industrial City unveils worker housing plans

Dubai Industrial City has revealed plans for a major worker accommodation project that will cost US $436 million (AED1.6 billion) to develop.

Dubai Industrial City has revealed plans for a major worker accommodation project that will cost US $436 million (AED1.6 billion) to develop.

The project is being developed on the directive of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.

The new complexes will be located in the Base Metal Zone, Minerals Zone, Machinery and Equipment Zone, Transportation Equipment Zone and Food and Beverages Zone of Dubai Industrial City in Jebel Ali, with each component functioning as a complete residential facility.

The accommodation will cater for both supervisors and workers. Saeed Al Muntafiq, CEO, Tatweer, the developer in charge of the project, said: “The project will provide the most advanced labour infrastructure in the region. It will set a benchmark for high standards and affordable accommodation.”

“As pioneers in launching this first-of-a-kind project, which will offer a conducive work and leisure environment, Dubai Industrial City will also enable its investors to reduce operational costs and facilitate high productivity levels.”

The residential complexes will house workers within walking distance of production centres, reducing transportation costs.

In addition to this, the complexes will contain diverse leisure and recreation components such as retail outlets, communication centres, cinemas, restaurants, coffee shops and sports facilities, including cricket and basketball grounds.

There will also be health clinics, banking facilities, police and fire stations, laundries and mosques, all located within easy reach of the complex.

The 1.3 million m2 development will contain 87,000 beds, which will stretch over seven plots of the industrial facility.

Its design and planning has been produced in accordance with the latest Dubai Municipality guidelines and under the supervision of Maqayees, the Dubai Centre for Industrial Standards.

Dubai Industrial City investors and tenants will have priority in acquiring the facilities, while the rest will be leased to external companies. The first complex, located in the Base Metal Zone, is 50% complete and is scheduled to open at the end of this year.

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