By Sunita Menon, Gulfnews.com, Staff Reporter
Published: July 25, 2007, 22:58
Dubai: A workers’ accommodation has been turned into a virtual nudist colony.
Many workers at the accommodation walk around the premises stark naked, much to the annoyance and embarrassment of other residents of the camp.
Though the accommodation has air-conditioners, many workers walk around the premises wearing nothing after they get back to their accommodation from their work sites.
A visit to the grocer is done only in underwear.
When Gulf News visited the accommodation, the workers had no inhibitions – they went about the accommodation naked.
While some of them were walking naked to and from the makeshift shower to their rooms, others who went on a leisurely stroll around the premises, posed for a photograph.
A translator who spoke in broken English told Gulf News that one of the reasons the men walk naked is the sizzling heat.
On whether other workers living with them had complained, he said: “There is no problem. There are no women living in the vicinity. We are all men and so there should be no problem about how we carry ourselves on our premises.”
But many co-workers said they are disgusted with what they are forced to put up with. Many complained that they have lodged a complaint with the camp supervisor but nothing was done.
The camp supervisor said no formal complaint had been made. “The workers said they feel very hot and hence walk around naked. They do not make any trouble,” he said.
“We have a language problem. The workers who walk around nude do not understand our language and we do not understand anything that they say. Initially their nudity was shocking, but now we just leave them alone,” said a worker.
Another worker said: “It is very embarrassing. But the naked workers keep to themselves and do not mingle with the rest of us.”
Asraf who works in a nearby grocery shop said it is disgusting to see naked men roaming around the premises.
“They wear underwear when they come to our shop … I am so glad for it. The best part is that these workers are a peaceful lot and mind their own business,” he said.
How do men discreetly apply sunscreen to sensitive areas in public places?