A recent study revealed that the Emirate of Dubai is the most stressful city globally regarding working conditions for labourers.
The Bloomberg agency quoted a study conducted by the Casey data analysis company, which included 49 countries that Dubai, the economic capital of the Emirates, is the most stressful city for workers, followed by Hong Kong and then Kuala Lumpur.
“Recent years have tested the support structures for employees worldwide,” said Bernard Meehl, Casey’s CEO.
“Ongoing pressure, the turmoil caused by the pandemic, and the war on Ukraine have contributed to global instability that will continue to be felt for years to come,” he added.
On the other hand, the Norwegian capital, Oslo, ranked first in balancing work and life, followed by the Swiss city of Bern and then the Finnish capital Helsinki. According to the study, the employee takes an entire month of paid leave each year.
The study also showed that Singapore is the best in the world regarding the flexibility of remote work. And Washington came in second place, followed by the city of Austin, the capital of Texas.
The study considers factors including the intensity of work and the vitality of the city and high-quality health care, affordable cost of living, rights and well-being of residents, and vacation time.
Before that, an international organization revealed a shocking outcome of arbitrary arrests of migrant workers in the UAE.
Migrant-Rights.Org, which specializes in defending workers’ rights in the Gulf, reviewed 136 cases of arrests of workers from Nepal during the year 2021.
According to the organization, the UAE ranks second in the Gulf states in imprisoning workers from Nepal after Saudi Arabia, which arrested 143 workers during the same year.
According to the latest labour migration reports and data for the years 2017/2018, 88% of Nepalese immigrants work in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Some (31.8%) of them work in Qatar, (26.5%) in the UAE, (19.5%) in Saudi Arabia, (6.8%) in Kuwait, (2%) in Bahrain and finally (1.2%) in Oman.
According to a human rights monitor, the Nepalese immigrants were imprisoned on various charges ranging from drug abuse to alcohol consumption, quarrels, theft and murder.
There are also cases where workers have been arrested for other minor offences such as traffic violations, roadside urination or non-compliance with immigration rules.
Nepalese workers are not aware of the rules and regulations in the Gulf, which are much stricter than those applied in Nepal, says FEB’s Head of Care, Rehabilitation and Communication, Tikmani Nobin.
He added that the situation for low-income workers, in particular, is miserable because they are often aware of little or no cultural differences. The presence of the language barrier further exacerbates the situation.
Last month, a human rights investigation revealed the UAE’s secrecy over the deaths of hundreds of migrant workers and its failure to take the necessary investigation procedures, despite the high number of deaths.
A regional report on the deaths of migrant workers in the Gulf, especially in the UAE, drew attention to the dangerous working and living conditions in which they live and Abu Dhabi’s complicity in this.
This is because it did not take any measures or was satisfied with simple measures to prevent deaths or fatal diseases, according to a project on vital signs (Vital Signs) in a partnership between several organizations.
There is no adequate information about mortality and health in the Gulf countries. Still, vital signs have collected essential data through government mechanisms in the countries of origin.
The investigation concluded that the number of deaths among migrant workers reaches 10,000 cases annually in five Asian countries: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
The investigation revealed that the data on the deaths of migrant workers in the Gulf is incomplete and sometimes contradictory and prevents the ability to use them to conduct effective analyzes of the extent and severity of the problem.
The general lack of transparency exacerbates these problems. However, despite the limitations of the data, it appears that 10,000 migrant workers from South and Southeast Asian countries die in the Gulf annually (this number would be higher if other nationalities were included).
It also appears that more than one case between every two deaths is unexplained, which means that deaths are documented without reference to the cause of death. Instead, terms such as (natural causes) or (cardiac arrest) are used.
Recently, the international advisory organization Equidem condemned the flagrant violations against foreign workers in the UAE, especially the workers of the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The London-based Equidem report revealed that the hordes of workers who built and continued to operate the luxurious Expo 2020 site in Dubai faced exploitation, bleak conditions, and many labour cases of abuse.
A report by the organization stated that the UAE government had failed to prove that its commitments to workers’ welfare – at the multi-billion dollar fair – had been correct and identified rights violations.