IT IS a city renowned for glitz, glamour and boasts the world’s tallest building.
But there’s an ugly side to Dubai that you won’t read about in its tourist brochures — its army of migrant workers.
The workers, who are largely from South East Asia, are paid well below the prices charged in the city’s expensive boutiques and glamorous hotels.
The migrant workers are not only at greater risk of exploration, but are often housed in filthy conditions, with little down time.
In short they are the hidden slaves of a rich city.
While exact figures are not known, it is estimated that there are three million of these workers in the UAE alone. It is estimated that around 150,000 migrant female workers are employed under this scheme. In a three-month investigation, interviewed workers and witnessed the shocking conditions the men were exposed to.
He also found the men had been approached by agents in their villages in Bangladesh, telling the men they will be paid $580 a month.
But in reality they are paid half that with the agents taking a $4000 cut in the process.
Also the men were then in debt and too poor to return home, with many working 12 hour shifts six days a week.
The shocking conditions were further highlighted last March when hundreds of migrant workers staged a protest over pay.
Public protests are banned in the UAE, but angry workers defied the law to demand fair pay for their work on the 202ha Fountain Views development site in central Dubai, the BBC reported.
One worker told the broadcaster he was paid a monthly salary of just $170, well below what was promised to him.