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Daruna CEO Addresses Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Middle East Annual Meeting

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Daruna Chief Executive, Michael P. Murphy, KM addressed the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOHS) Middle East Annual Meeting in a presentation entitled “Communicating the Worker Welfare Vision.” The IOSH Middle East annual conference provides essential updates on safety and health developments affecting the region. The conference explores how successful initiatives are implemented and how organisations are addressing any challenges. The …

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Daruna Executive Consults with the President of the Republic of the Philippines

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Daruna Chief Administrative and Risk Officer Peter Piecuch met with His Excellency Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines during his three day State visit to the State of Qatar. They discussed the Daruna value proposition in Worker and Staff Housing, specifically in Qatar. With approximately 250,000 Filipinos in the country, nearly 11% of the total population, His Excellency represents a very important Daruna client segment. Piecuch stressed …

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Qatar leads GCC in Economic Diversification

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Qatar is slated to outperform the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on its first-mover advantage in diversification, and that the oil price recovery will support the GCC, enabling the governments ease their austerity drive to help boost investors and consumers’ sentiments, according to BMI. Highlighting that the implementation and progress of the diversification plans greatly vary across countries, BMI …

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Qatar Population Reaches All-Time High

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Qatar’s population has reached an all-time high of 2,673,000 on February 28, climbing 3.8% compared to the previous month, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS). The previous highest population figure of 2,637,000 was recorded on November 30. The latest figures also reveal that compared to the population during February last year, there …

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David Beasley Nominated to Head World Food Program

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Congratulations to Governor David M. Beasley, former member of Daruna Co-Founder Global Building Solutions’ (GBS) Board of Advisors, Champion of Inter-faith dialogue, and long time friend and mentor to our business, on his nomination to be director of the United Nations World Food Program. If approved he will bring vision, passion, compassion and competence!

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Qatar Warns Market on Labour Accommodations

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Labour living  standards are coming under scrutiny in Qatar. Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment is urging all companies to move workers living in unsatisfactory labour camps located in farms, by the end of June, The Peninsula reported The Ministry will force companies to relocate workers who are living in sub-standard accommodation, it has cautioned. The options for companies are to either …

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Qatar will invest up to $13 billion in major infrastructure projects in 2017

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Qatar will invest up to $13 billion in major infrastructure projects in 2017 despite a slump in revenues resulting from low energy prices, according to the Finance Minister. Al-Emadi predicted 3.4% growth for next year, resonating with an IMF estimate and up from the forecasted 3.2% in 2016. “Increasing the investment in mega projects reiterates the country’s commitment to achieving …

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Qatar’s New Labour Law Takes Effect

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Contract system replaces Kafala Change of jobs made easier Valid contract must for job visa Exit from country ‘guaranteed’ Officials promise strict implementation Law No. 21 of 2015, the new law that abolishes the Kafala (sponsorship) system and guarantees greater flexibility, freedom and protection to Qatar’s more than 2.1mn expatriate workforce comes into force on Tuesday. The eagerly-awaited law introduces …

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Daruna’s Cashin: “New world-class housing for 32,000 Workers”

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As many as 32,000 expatriate workers will be provided with better  accommodations and living conditions through two phases of a government-sponsored workers community project that features sustainable design and operations, an official has said. The government worker accommodation projects, which will be developed with local partners in three phases are not labour camps or typical housing blocks or barracks, but …