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Emir Declares 11 days off for Eid Al-Fitr

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Thursday, June 30 will be the last working day for the public sector in Qatar before Eid Al Fitr holidays begin. According to QNA, ministries, government institutions and public entities in Qatar will be off on Eid break starting Sunday, July 3. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, July 12, the Emiri Diwan has announced. That’s a total of 11 days counting weekends, which …

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Qatar Closes 2 Recruitment Agencies for Law Violations

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Qatar’s labor ministry has named and shamed two local recruitment agencies that have been closed for flouting the rules on hiring overseas workers. The companies, Al-Fadeela and Al-Wafa, have had their operating licenses permanently revoked, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor & Social Affairs (MADSLA) said on QNA. According to the ministry, the agencies “violated the fourth paragraph of Article …

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1.5 Million Workers in Qatar now under Wage Protection System

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Seven months since the implementation of a new salary payment scheme last year, as many as 1.5mn of the 1.7mn labourers in Qatar are now receiving their salaries under the state’s Wage Protection System (WPS), HE the Minister for Administrative Development and Labour and Social Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Juffali al-Nuaimi has said. The Minister made the announcement before Qatar …

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Daruna Salutes Conan Higgins, Esq.

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After years of valuable service, Conan J. Higgins, Chief Operating Officer of Daruna, has decided to move forward in his career path and seek exciting opportunities that have been offered to him.  Mr. Higgins was a pioneer in the establishment of a modern standard for worker accommodations in Qatar and for his years of development assistance and leadership, we thank …

In this combination of eight photos taken on a government-organized media tour Sunday, May 3, 2015, laborers pose for a portrait at a workers' accommodation camp, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar’s top labor official told The Associated Press Monday, May 4, 2015, that delays in ensuring decent housing for a bulging migrant labor population were a mistake the government is fixing as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup, and he is hopeful a new wage protection program will address complaints about payments. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Census: Majority of Qatar’s residents live in ‘labor camps’

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Qatar’s low-income workforce has grown dramatically in the past six years and is responsible for most of the country’s population growth, according to recently released figures from the government. Details from the 2015 census, published by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) earlier this month, show that 60 percent of Qatar’s population was living in labor camps when the figures …

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Two more men die of injuries from Qatar labor camp fire; death toll rises to 13

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Two men hospitalized after last week’s fire in a Qatar housing complex have died as a result of their injuries, bringing the death toll so far to 13 people. The men died on Sunday, sources close to the incident told Doha News. No information has yet been released on their nationalities or ages. The victims had been receiving treatment at Hamad General Hospitalfollowing the …

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Daruna calls for intensified scrutiny of conditions for low-wage guest workers after 11 killed in fire

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Eleven people were killed in a fire that broke out in housing for migrant laborers working on a tourism project in Qatar, authorities said late Thursday. The fire is likely to intensify scrutiny of conditions for low-wage guest workers in the wealthy Gulf nation, which is being transformed by billions of dollars’ worth of construction projects as it prepares to …