Qatar government allocates land for private sector to construct labour camps

Posted on 26th February 2016

Qatar's government has allocated plots of land for private companies to accommodate their workforces.

The move comes as the influx of foreign workers into the country has been increasing to engage in infrastructure development projects mainly for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

To date, the ministry has allotted 433 plots of land for the private sector to construct labour camps.

"We intent to make sure that the labour lodging situation in the country is suitable," Qatar News Agency (QNA) quoted the ministry as saying.

The plots are located in different areas of the country which are Umm Zubaar, Al Khor and Umm Salal.

The allotment was made by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment which was formerly known as the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning.

The ministry told QNA that the intention of the allotment is to help the private sector house their workers in optimum conditions, including access to health service and entertainment facilities.

In December last year, the ministry launched enormous labour camp complex projects at seven locations in Umm Salal in the north of Doha - where their purpose has been earmarked and necessary basic services are being developed.

These complex projects have been awarded to the private sector on Build-operate/own and transfer (BOT) basis, according to Constructionweekonline news report.

Under this premise, a private entity receives a concession from the government via the civic and environment ministry, to finance, design, build and operate a facility as stated in the contract.

Qatar is committed to making sure that labour camps meet the highest standards.

A labour city built on the outskirts of Doha and which is already in operation is testament to the success of this goal and serves as a benchmark to the GCC region.

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