Thousands of Dubai workers taught about hygiene practices to stay safe.
Campaign seeks to raise awareness on preventive measures to be taken inside labour camps.
Authorities in Dubai have carried out comprehensive awareness campaigns on preventive measures against Covid-19 at 1,822 labour housing units so far, it was announced on Saturday. The campaign targeted at blue collar workers in Dubai began on March 22.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness on preventive measures to be taken inside rooms, cooking areas and dining halls of labour accommodations. It also educates workers about things they need to do when leaving the housing units. It stresses the importance of social distancing, regular temperature monitoring and sterilisation of buses.

It is being conducted jointly by teams from Dubai’s General Directorate of Civil Defence, Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs and Dubai Municipality. It has reached labour accommodations in Muhaisnah, Hatta, Dubai Investment Park, Dubai Industrial City, Al Quoz, Jebel Ali and Expo 2020 site.

Abdullah Lashkari, General Coordinator of the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai, said: “Due to the massive construction projects and developments in Dubai, the city hosts a remarkable number of construction workers. The Dubai Government is keen to provide the best living and working conditions for these labourers. The current situation requires us to work harder to help raise awareness among them about the pandemic as well as essential hygiene practices and preventive measures.”

The campaign is focused on educating labour camp residents about the virus, its transmission and essential precautions for protecting themselves and the broader community. The campaign also aims to make blue-collar workers aware of the latest instructions of the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Dubai Health Authority. These instructions are provided in a simple form in their native languages.