H E Yahya bin Said al Jabri, chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD), issued a decision approving the standards and conditions for the construction of workers’ accommodation in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZD). The objective behind this decision is to unify and specify the minimum mandatory requirements for the provision of appropriate accommodation for workers in SEZD, covering planning, designing and operation requirements as well as health, safety and environment requirements, in compliance with the local and international requirements.
Moreover, other conditions that have been added to the list of requirements to take into account the precautionary measures concerning the infectious diseases, in accordance with the recent amendments implemented to the Law on Control of Infectious Diseases. The newly set standards and conditions are applicable to all permanent and temporary workers’ accommodations designated to accommodate workers in the zone, and are compulsory to all owners of these accommodations.
The decision issued on April 9 requested that all existing workers’ accommodations to be adjusted as per the new decision within six months from the date of its issue. Likewise, on February 10, SEZAD added a new article to the Urban Planning and Building Permits Regulations stipulating that it is not permissible to establish workers’ accommodation in the zone unless an approval is obtained from SEZAD to ensure the compliance of its standards and requirements.
SEZAD may impose an administrative fine not exceeding RO5,000 in the case of establishing workers’ accommodation without SEZAD’s approval or violating the prescribed requirements and specifications.
The conditions and standards stipulated all workers’ accommodations shall have the features and facilities that ensure providing decent standards of living for workers; including privacy, comfort, security, health, safety and service, while taking into account the environmental and social aspects.