More than 4,000 workers enjoy entertainment sessions and get new clothes for the festival
Residents of the Sajaa labor camp received special treatment on Saturday as their nearby labor park was turned into a musallah for the first day of Eid Al Adha.
As many as 4,000 workers offered Eid prayers at the leisure park for the first time in the UAE, exchanging greetings afterwards. Organized by the Sharjah Labor Standards Development Authority, in collaboration with the Indian Association, the theme of the day was “Eid Al Adha With Labourers”.
Worshipers also received a bottle of water and a pot of kheer, part of some 5,000 food packets containing biryani, juice and more that were distributed.
The Emirates Red Crescent Society and Al Haramain Perfumes also distributed gift baskets.
“We received gift packages, which contained caps, books, masks and a new outfit – which I wore for Eid,” Sajaa resident Amir Baig said.
The workers also enjoyed a game of volleyball and several entertainment sessions, followed by health checks.
“After the big treatment, I was talking to my wife and daughter at home,” said Bangladeshi plumber Azharuddin Hussain.
“This Eid was very different for us. We had everything – from prayers in the locality, an affordable flea market, new clothes to a great entertainment session, which we are grateful for.”
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Abdullah Kaman Palam, a social worker and labor development event coordinator who has been dealing with worker welfare for more than 10 years, said he was delighted to host such an event.
“It’s our job to make Eid special for people who haven’t been very good at it,” he said. “So, with the help of Sharjah authorities and some private entities, I was able to make them smile.”