A commercial and recreational centre spanning more than 1.85ha will be built by Sharjah's Labour Standards Development Authority (LSDA) for blue-collar workers living in the emirate.

It will feature 88 shops, a 929m² hypermarket, a 715m² hospital, three cinemas, and a public park with a cricket ground, basketball and volleyball courts, and landscaped green areas.

LSDA said the Commercial Centre and Labour Recreational Park would be built and designed to the "highest engineering standards".

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Located in Al Sajaa Industrial Area, the complex will be built to ensure that labourers in Sharjah, UAE, have easy access to healthcare and recreational facilities close to where they live.

The Commercial Centre will span 16,443m², and its three cinema halls will be able to accommodate more than 1,100 people. The public park will provide visitors with the facilities and amenities needed to enjoy a range of sporting activities, and it will also have areas where they can enjoy barbecues.

The authority said that it has started working on the project in cooperation with a number of government agencies and private parties.

Contractors tasked with building the Commercial Centre and Labour Recreational Park are yet to be selected, and the project's cost and completion details are yet to be revealed.

Director general of the LSDA, Sheikh Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, described the complex as "among the most important projects being developed in the Emirate of Sharjah", adding that the development was a "constructive step" in the continued development of the emirate. 

The Commercial Centre and Labour Recreational Park in Sharjah is just one project in a number developed across the UAE to create better facilities for blue-collar workers.

For instance, an affordable healthcare clinic in Dubai Investment Park was opened in April 2018 to provide medical services for more than 200 labour accommodation sites.