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Qatar World Cup 2022 — positive landmark for humanity

Qatar is now considered a migrant workers-friendly model in the Middle East after major changes were made to improve their living conditions.

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With the FIFA World Cup 2022 just a few months away, Qatar is now ready to host the most popular championship in the world. Major changes have been made to improve living conditions of migrant workers which have been hailed by ILO, UN, FIFA and other key organisations where Qatar is now considered a migrant workers-friendly model in the Middle East.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes a “strong commitment” to ensure labour reforms are fully implemented is being shown by the government in Qatar, where the World Cup will be staged in November 2022

“I am pleased to see the strong commitment from the Qatari authorities to ensure the reforms are fully implemented across the labour market, leaving a lasting legacy of the FIFA World Cup long after the event, and benefiting migrant workers in the host country in the long term,” Infantino said.

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, Qatari Minister of Labour said earlier (in an article by the FT) that Qatar has opened its doors to the world and have taken on constructive criticism with respect and ambition. We have however to set the record straight by adding the data that are missing.

He added that, “We are the first country in the region with an International Labour Organization office, whose mandate will continue beyond 2022. Working with the ILO, we introduced laws in line with international best practice. The next step has been to ensure that changes are fully implemented by shifting the deeply ingrained cultural attitudes of employers. While everyone was convinced it was impossible to abolish ‘kafala’ — the system whereby employers acted as ‘sponsor’ and had the power to deport workers and to give permission for expatriates to leave the country — we managed to do just that. The concept of a minimum wage was well received, and now it is monitored through electronic payments and we plan to increase it. A total of 338 businesses were suspended for not respecting working hours this summer during the hottest months.”

Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, cited a number of recent reforms introduced by Qatar, including the abolition of its system of “kafala”, in which employers acted as “sponsor” and had the power to deport workers and give permission for an expatriate to leave the country. They had also removed the requirement for most workers to obtain exit permits, tightened rules on working hours to reduce the risk of heat stress and introduced a minimum wage, he said, insisting there had been a significant decrease in work-related accidents in the country.

ITUC-Asia Pacific Mission to Qatar welcomed the express commitment from the government that the labour reforms will be consolidated and continue in the framework of the Qatar National Vision 2030, beyond the World Cup at the end of 2022. In this regard, the mission welcomed the proposal of the government of Qatar to establish a more structural presence of the International Labor Organization in the country to continue accompany the process.
Fan Villages

Visitors can now stay in a variety of fan villages, which all offer a variety of amenities such as cabin-style lodging. Additionally, they have the option to rent private holiday houses in various locations across the country. This is meant to fulfil the country’s promise of making the World Cup accessible and suitable for a different range of budgets.

In Doha, three sites are available: Zafaran, Ras Bu Fontas, and Rawdat Al Jahhaniya, all of which are easily accessible by public transportation and located near cultural attractions, beaches, stadiums, and other FIFA World Cup activities.

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