There have been a series of articles in the newspapers recently (mostly coming out of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah) but I bet its not long (now that things are beginning to limp back to normalcy in the real estate sector) that it comes to Dubai too.
I feel a bit sorry for these single people here. They're trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. But its becoming hard for them to live within their means.
I (sort of) understand the point behind all these restrictions but then there surely needs to be an alternate solutions otherwise there will be a lot of holes in the working community. Its not that local businesses are going to find cheaper substitutes for these (mostly) blue collar workers. Certainly not in the local community.
Even labourers and cleaners are better off - they're provided with accommodation (such as it is).
Perhaps a working man/woman's hostel. Something needs to be done - that will satisfy the powers-that-be.