Doha opens Labor City for 70,000

In this October 3, 2013 file photo shows migrant labourers walking past a board as they work on a construction site in Doha in Qatar.

In this October 3, 2013 file photo shows migrant labourers walking past a board as they work on a construction site in Doha in Qatar.


Qatar officially opened the country’s biggest workers’ accommodation camp on Sunday, with enough space to house almost 70,000 laborers.

“Labor City” which also contains two police stations, Qatar’s second largest mosque and cost some $825 million to build, will house 68,640 workers when it reaches full capacity.

It was unveiled by Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani and the Labor Minister Abdullah Al-Khulaifi in a ceremony in the capital Doha.

The site is currently around 60 percent full and houses workers from various countries including Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Mohammed Al-Maraghi, a manager with the Naaas Group, which is overseeing the site, said “Labor City” was the “model” for other camps and bigger sites may follow.

Each room at Labor City should accommodate no more than four workers and daily inspections will be carried out to ensure that number is not breached, officials said Sunday.


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