Abu Dhabi -Labourers paid less than Dh2000 per month will enjoy free accommodation offered by the employers says the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, However, the decree applies to establishments hiring over 50 workers.

According to a statement issued by H.E Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the decree shall commence this coming December 2016.

The decree confirms that labour accommodations with less than five hundred tenants must meet general criteria and services standards as stipulated in the ministerial decree issued in 2014, similarly, the above applies for areas that house over 500 tenants according to the decree issued by the Cabinet back in the year 2009.

The Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation grants local authorities the ability set rules and regulations that benefit the workers' well-being through requiring facilities that employ less than 50 workers who earn more than Dh2000 monthly to enjoy proper accommodations as well, however, by optionally doing so, facilities shall expect regular inspectional visit to ensure housing standards are met.

The decrees shall take all the measures against facilities that choose to disobey and violate suggested terms and regulations.

"The decree, which demands facilities that employ over 50 workers earning two thousand dirhams or less per month, to provide a proper accommodation to those workers, came following recent studies related to the labour market," Ghobash said.

He added, "Experts spent several months studying the living conditions of those workers, who have been listed in the ministry's classifications system as low-skill labourers".

He stressed, "The ministry follows up on the workers' housing via inspectional visits and takes legal action against violating facilities."

Source: UAE Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation