Dubai: About 6,000 labour site facilities in Dubai were inspected by the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs last year. The inspections were an average of 500 visits per month, including 3,923 tours to labour sites to ensure the full implementation of the decision to halt work at noon. Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) and chairman of the committee, said the UAE government is keen to protect labourers' rights and to work on improving their work environment in accordance with international standards related to workers and their rights. Major General Al Merri said the committee inspectors exerted their full efforts to inspect all worker sites which included Muhaisna, Al Quoz and Jebel Ali. Major General Al Merri praised the contributions of private companies in supporting sporting activities and entertainment for the workers in cooperation with the Dubai Sports Council. Major General Al Merri reviewed in the meeting the number of establishments which violated the halting of working at noon. "Around 98 per cent of companies are committed to halting work at noon, and only two per cent of the companies violated the rules," he said.