The past week visiting workers housing in Abu Dhabi was enlightening and overwhelming. Here a few first images taken in Al Mafraq outside of Abu Dhabi, where housing for 130,000 workers is under construction. Some tenants have already moved in.
Housing for workers in this village consists of 3 -story prefab concrete buildings. There is a laundry facility within the grounds as well as mess halls. Workers are not allowed to cook there own food or do their own laundry (more on that later).
The nearest town is Bani Yas. To get there, workers walk through this part of the desert or take a taxi for 3 dirham (80 cents). Transferring money home, going to the barber shop or the Friday mosque are some of the reasons for these trips. As the new development evolves more of these services will hopefully be added on site.