Dubai launches community market for blue-collar workers – News

Move aims to regulate and oversee unlicensed flea markets in worker accommodation areas



A labor camp in Nad Al Sheba. File photo

Published: Wed 6 Jul 2022, 5:24 PM

Last update: Wed 6 Jul 2022, 5:25 PM

Dubai Police General Command and Dubai Municipality have launched a “Community Worker Market” to regulate and oversee unlicensed flea markets in worker accommodation areas.

Lt. Gen. Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police and HE Dawood Abdulrahman Al Hajri, Chief Executive of Dubai Municipality, announced the launch of the market calling it the first regulated market for blue collar workers. Markets have opened near the workers’ town of Al Qouz.

Store owners are required to formally apply and register their personal information for their application to be considered in accordance with UAE laws and regulations.

The Dubai Police has confirmed that the launch of the Laborers Community Market initiative, in cooperation with strategic partners, aims to reduce negative and irregular practices in workers’ residence areas.

The police department also said the establishment of regulated markets is part of an integrated plan, implemented in cooperation with relevant authorities, to limit the spread of unlicensed flea markets, particularly in areas of work accommodation.

The Community Labor Market initiative represents a definitive solution to the problem of unlicensed markets as it provides a place of sale under the supervision of the various authorities concerned. It also aims to educate workers about food preservation methods and protect their health.

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