Riyadh to build workers’ quarters outside city

Riyadh to build workers’ quarters outside city
Updated 13 September 2013

Riyadh to build workers’ quarters outside city

Riyadh to build workers’ quarters outside city

The High Commission for Riyadh Development (HCRD) has approved the construction of residential complexes for foreign workers on the outskirts of Riyadh to provide suitable housing facilities for bachelors working in the capital.
The residential complexes, found in four locations, will house workers in unskilled, technical and supervisory positions. In addition, there will be housing projects for administrators and engineers.
The HCRD has developed construction guidelines to create residential complexes in coordination with the Secretariat of the Riyadh Region after conducting a special study on the issue, local media said.
The study included a thorough assessment of the current housing plan for workers in Riyadh, the regulations currently being implemented and lessons that can be learned from other countries in the field of worker accommodation projects.
The guidelines are meant to provide comfort and safety standards, besides ensuring service and health care facilities in order to boost productivity and address the imbalance for private housing.
The guidelines are also intend to improve the investment climate, security and social stability in the capital, while maintaining the privacy of families in residential neighborhoods.
According to the guidelines, the land area devoted to the project must be a minimum of 80,000 square meters and should not be located in valleys or flood-prone areas.
It also should not be located in heritage areas or in places of environmental importance, such as agricultural and tourist spots. The project should include streets, open arenas, stadiums and parking places.
Buildings should have a maximum of four floors and walls surrounding the complex should not exceed four meters, in addition to a minimum allocation of 10 square meters per worker.
According to data released by HCDR, about 2.2 million Riyadh residents are non-Saudi, which includes about 616,000 unmarried male workers, 120,000 of whom live in the Second Industrial City. Another 33,000 workers live in the areas with warehouses and workshops, while the majority are concentrated at the center of Riyadh and other parts of the city.