According to Gulf News a growing number of Indian bachelors in Dubai who can no longer afford the rising rents have taken to sleeping in their cars. To compensate for these people's lack of homes other enterprising Indians have come up with the concept of a "house facility" wherein they have turned their flats into a place where others who don't have homes can store their luggage, use the bathroom, shower and iron their clothes against a fee of only 50 to 75 dirhams a month.
I see a scope for something similar here in Oman, but for Omanis not expats. And not because they don't have a place to stay but because they live so far away from where they work and can't afford their own transport. For example, I know a few Omanis who are currently jobless and come from great distances to Muscat every day looking for work. They tend to walk in the sun, hitchhike, and go from one cheap minbus tax to another.. By the time they get here to Muscat they are in no state to be entering anyone's office looking for a job. How about if they had access to facilities where they have a locker where they keep a couple changes of clothes and a shower. They can get to Muscat from wherever they've come from, take a shower, put on a clean dishdasha and then go to their job interviews, job hunt, or even their jobs when they find them all clean and proper.
It would be good income for owners of older apartment buildings whose rent might have come down too much. Fill the bedrooms with lockers in place of furniture. Put some ironing boards and irons in one room. Maybe even tie-up with a laundry. Make extra income from selling soap and shampoo, etc. It might be a good idea for mosques to take up this business too. For one they will be doing a great service for the people, and secondly they'd earn some income to help with the upkeep of the mosque and the salary of the imam.
How's that? Think it might work for just 5 rials a month per person?