DM threatens closure of 400 labour camps

More than 400 labour camps in Dubai could face closure for failing to meet minimum health and safety standards, according to the Dubai Municipality (DM).

More than 400 labour camps in Dubai could face closure for failing to meet minimum health and safety standards, according to the Dubai Municipality (DM).

The announcement follows the death of 11 men in a blaze last week that engulfed a 30-room villa complex illegally housing up to 500 labourers.

Two leaseholders of the villa were later arrested for violating Dubai's health and safety regulations.

A DM spokesperson said 40% of 1,033 permanent and temporary labour camps could be shut down.

Following the inspections, carried out over recent months, labour camps that failed to supply fire extinguishers and provide labourers with clear fire exit signs were considered serious offenders and given a three-month probation period.

Serious violations include faulty electrical and gas fittings and the use of asbestos materials.

According to the DM, some labour camps face immediate closure, while others have been issued with probation periods ranging from three months to one year.

Three-month eviction notices have also been issued to a number of camps that failed basic health and fire safety standards set by the municipality.

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