Construction site workers receive free bottled water
undreds of thirsty construction site workers have received free bottles of water as part of a charity initiative from the Sameness Project.
Workers took time out of working 12-hour shifts in the blistering heat to tell 7DAYS they have no choice but to work those hours, in those conditions, as their children will not eat otherwise.
“How do we cope with the heat? We have to work even though it’s hot. Otherwise what will our children eat?” asked one of the workers who were given bottles of water.
7DAYS followed a family who handed out water bottles to labourers at a construction site at a villa in Umm Suqeim.
Lina Nahhas, founder of the Sameness Project, said: “Summer in the UAE can be harsh and sometimes temperatures continue to rise above 40 degrees Celsius.
“Water for workers is simply about giving cold water and saying thank you to workers who stay outside in the heat.
“We want to create connections and a moment of sameness.”
Canadian-Palestinian expat Nahhas added: “A total of 450 Dubai residents were taking part in this community project and poured out their thanks to labourers in the extreme heat.
“They distributed 10,000 bottles of water to workers across Dubai as temperatures continue to rise.
“Each group was asked to choose an area between Al Qusais to Jebel Ali to ensure different workers benefited.”
Workers were also given cold face cloths with thank you written in six languages, including Arabic, English and Hindi.
One of the construction workers, called Yung, said: “We finished all our bottles of water.
“I am glad to get these bottles from residents.
“I work from 6am until 6pm and water will be really helpful.”
According to the UAE Ministry of Labour, employers must provide all facilities that cater to the health of workers, including first aid, air-conditioners, sunshades and cold water. The Sameness Project’s drive started on Saturday at 10am at the Collegiate American School in Umm Suqeim. Families and several corporate teams also took part in distributing the bottled water.