A dispute by labourers over payment of bonuses led to riot police on the streets of Downtown Dubai earlier this morning. Dubai Media Office posted a tweet confirming that Dubai Police had “resolved the issue of Fountain Views workers gathered in Boulevard demanding bonuses” within an hour of the strike taking place, but not before it had resulted in massive traffic delays for commuters in the area, which is home to Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall.
In response to the hundreds of striking workers who had gathered on the Festival Road and Boulevard area of Downtown Dubai and had blocked traffic, Dubai Police deployed a large number of officers to the scene on Tuesday morning, many of whom were in riot gear. Heavy traffic delays were reported by many drivers in the area, with motorists backed up on the roads in and around the Downtown area.
The Address Residence Fountain Views, launched in 2013 in Downtown Dubai by Emaar Properties, is a three-tower complex overlooking Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain. It is believed the dispute involves a contractor working at the Fountain Views site and talks have begun between labourers and management.
Update 14:45: An Emaar spokesperson issued the following statement: “Emaar works with established and large contracting companies that have a good track-record and strong organisational structure for our projects. We have clear guidelines for our contractors to ensure that they follow industry best practices. We have stipulated strict measures in terms of health, safety and worker conditions that not only comply with the UAE government regulations but also to international standards in the construction industry. Emaar is taking this matter seriously and have highlighted the incident to the senior management of the contractors to ensure that matters are resolved at the earliest possible.”