Campaign comes clean about hygiene in labour camps

Workers’ rooms are being tidied up at a labour camp in Al Wathba as part of a drive to promote cleanliness.

The labour camp at Hamim Road in Al Wathba gets an early spring clean as part of an initiative to promote cleanliness and hygiene. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Municipality
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ABU DHABI // Workers’ rooms are being tidied up at a labour camp in Al Wathba as part of a drive to promote cleanliness.

Leftovers, dust and waste have been removed from Hamim Road as part of the initiative, which also includes a clampdown on peddlers.

The campaign is a joint effort between Al Wathba Municipal Centre, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Bani Yas Police Station and Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre.

The Industrial City of Abu Dhabi workers’ complex at Al Wathba, which houses about 60,000 workers, got a spring clean, and labourers were informed about the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of the city and shunning bad habits, such as littering, spitting, and dropping cigarette butts and chewing gum.

“Cities in Abu are witnessing high development tempo that warrants us to redouble our efforts to accommodate this urbanisation process, which in turn generates tonnes of building leftovers and higher domestic consumption of materials, resulting in higher quantities of waste and trash,” said Owaida Ahmed Al Qubaisi, acting executive director of the Municipal Services sector.

“This campaign has therefore been intended as an urgent response to address these requirements, maintain the public health of residents and realise the environmental standards.”

Mr Al Qubaisi said everyone was being encouraged to help keep the emirate clean.

“Maintaining the cleanliness of the city’s services, as well as tourist and entertainment facilities, is a top priority of the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, in keeping with its objective of focusing on nurturing modern concepts for cleaning the city, and enhancing the concept of partnership with the community,” he said.

“Launching these campaigns in Abu Dhabi city and suburbs is part of the vision of the municipal council to maintain sustainable development, improve the quality of living in Abu Dhabi emirate, and boost the aesthetic profile of streets, facilities and cities.”

Mr Al Qubaisi called upon the public to support the efforts to conserve the environment and clean the city by sending the municipality suggestions and complaints related to waste, cleanliness and any breaches of hygiene rules.

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