Qatar revealed the plan to build 7 cities to accommodate more than 25% of Qatar’s migrant workers. This is also in lieu with the plans to build infrastructures for the 2022 World Cup.
The seven cities are expected to be built before the end of 2016. The largest city among the seven will be called ‘Labour City’, and will be housing around 70,000 laborers. It will also have a 24,000-seat cricket stadium.
Around 258,000 workers are expected to be housed and among them are the 25% of migrant workers of the country. According to Dr Abdullah bin Saleh al-Khulaifi, Nepal’s labor and social affairs minister, the accommodation is the ‘future’. He further shared that the said planned accommodation was something the people want for their laborers.
The number of housing inspectors are also doubled and soon it will be around 400. Khulaifi acknowledge the problem of the labor accommodations and said that they had laid standards and closely monitoring the business community. They are penalizing those who do not follow the said standards.
The cities to be built will be mixed private and public sector accommodation and shall be across Qatar. While there is still no final amount on how much the cities will cost, they will expect the Labour City alone to cost 3 billion Qatari riyals or $825 million with 55 buildings, the second largest mosque in the country, a clinic and a mall.
It is also expected that the number of migrant workers might reach to 2.5 million two years before the hosting of the World Cup.