New QR200mn labor camp to be ‘home away from home’ for Qatar workers

Work is underway on fitting out a new labor camp north of Doha that government officials hope will raise accommodation standards for blue-collar workers across the country.

The camp is in Umm Slal and will serve as a “home away from home” for some 24,000 men, management said.

When it is completed by the end of 2017, it will be the first of seven planned “integrated communities” across Qatar that will eventually accommodate a total of 179,000 low-income expats.

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Described as a complete town containing mosques, medical buildings, laundry areas, catered dining halls and other amenities, the Umm Slal project will be constructed by three development teams, each of which were assigned a plot of land in December.