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United Arab Emirates community
Country United Arab Emirates
Emirate Dubai
City Dubai
 • Total 13 km2 (5 sq mi)
Population [1] (2000)
 • Total 90,870
 • Density 7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)

Muhaisnah (Arabic: محيصنة‎) is a locality in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Situated in eastern Dubai in Deira, Muhaisnah comprises four sub-communities:

  • Madinat Muhaisnah (or Muhaisnah 1)
  • Muhaisnah 2
  • Muhaisnah 3
  • Muhaisnah 4

Madinat Muhaisnah and Muhaisnah 2 are bounded to the west by route E 311 (Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road) and to the east by route D 56, while Muhaisnah 3 and Muhaisnah 4 are bounded to the west by route D 60 (Al Rashidiya Road) and to the west by E 311. Al Muhaisnah is bordered by Al Qusais, Al Twar, Al Mizhar and Mirdif. With over 90,000 residents, Muhaisnah is the most populated community in Dubai.[1]

Muhaisnah 2, 3 and 4 comprise an area that was once a burial ground.[2] However, these sub-localities now house several collective labour accommodations and labour camps for the mainly South Asian labourers that service the industrial areas of Al Qusais, as well as construction workers who mainly support real estate projects south of Dubai Creek. This area is referred to as Sonapur (literally, Land of Gold in Hindi) by expatriate labourers.[2] Recently, living conditions in the collective labour camps were criticised by Human Rights Watch, as being "less than human".[3] As a result of the criticism, the Dubai government closed down 100 labour camps that failed to meet basic standards set by the Dubai Municipality[4]


Schools in the area include:


  1. ^ a b Existing Population and Future Holding Capacities in Dubai Urban Area. Dubai Healthcare City. 2000
  2. ^ a b Dark side of Dubai's infrastructure boom. Gulf Times. 11 April 2006
  3. ^ Building Towers, Cheating Workers. Human Rights Watch. November 2006
  4. ^ Workers happy over government’s moves. Khaleej Times. 7 January 2007
  5. ^ "Контакты." Russian International School in Dubai. Retrieved on April 12, 2015. "Школа расположена по адресу: Район Al Muhaisnah 4, Дубай, Объединенные Арабские Эмираты"

External links

  • Menon,Sunita. "Workers live amid pools of sewage". Gulf News. March 10, 2007
  • Ellis, Eric. "Dubai's Labor Ghetto". Asia Sentinel. February 10, 2008.

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