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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 …

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Daruna Welcomes Chinese Delegation

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Daruna welcomed high-level executives of several state-owned companies from the People’s Republic of China.  These entities have expressed strong interest in Daruna’s mission in Qatar to build high quality and legally compliant workers’ accommodations. The delegation included representatives of the China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (commonly known as SINOSURE) a major Chinese state owned enterprise (SOE) serving as the provider of export credit insurance …

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Qatar announces government holidays for Eid Al Adha 2016

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Qatar’s public sector will take five working days off for Eid, the Emiri Diwan has announced. Eid will be observed on Monday, Sept. 12. According to QNA, government offices will be closed from next Sunday (Sept. 11) until Sept. 15 inclusive. Taking into account the weekends, it will mean a nine-day holiday for government employees, who will be back to work on …