Reem Island construction workers on strike over wage delay – report

Local daily National cites witnesses stating that workers took off their uniforms and threw the site's entrance key into the sea

Reem Island is the home of Abu Dhabi's Reem Mall.
CW Archives / Multiplex
Reem Island is the home of Abu Dhabi's Reem Mall.

Hundreds of construction workers behind a Reem Island project are said to have gone on strike owing to non-payment by their employer, according to a report by local daily The National.

Citing witnesses, the daily reported that the labourers were heard “shouting”, while a security guard reportedly said he “saw an employee throw a key to the construction site entrance into the sea”.

Another witness reportedly said she saw workers wandering in the area after having taken off their uniforms.

Residents living close to the construction site said they “awoke to shouts from labourers early in the morning”.

One resident, speaking to the National, said she had not noticed any progress on the construction site in the two years she had lived across from it.

She reportedly added: “It just looks the same and other buildings are constructed in much faster time. It has been under construction for so long.”

The National said it had yet to confirm whether the dispute had been resolved.

Most popular


Deadline approaches for CW Oman Awards 2020 in Muscat
You have until 20 January to submit your nominations for the ninth edition of the


CW In Focus | Inside the Leaders in KSA Awards 2019 in Riyadh
Meet the winners in all 10 categories and learn more about Vision 2030 in this
CW In Focus | Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2019
A roundup of Construction Week's annual summit that was held in Dubai this September

Latest Issue

Construction Week - Issue 765
Jun 29, 2020