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Qatar advances plans to move laborers out of town


Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality has issued a new ultimatum to companies whose workers still live in residential areas following a Nov. 1 ban ordering them to move out of those areas.

Managers now have 30 days to set a compliance date with the government to relocate workers, officials said.  

The ministry also clarified that bachelors who work as “professionals” are not subject to the ban “since they are not causing any problems,” the Peninsula reported.

The edict, which was supposed to take immediate effect over two months ago, has been difficult to enforce due to the lack of available housing for single workers and confusion over who must comply with it.

It was implemented after several Qatari families complained about “lack of respect from expatriate bachelors for local values and traditions and menaces to the Qatari way of life.”

Last month, a group of single doctors and architects sought help after the municipality cut their electricity supply and ordered them to move out of a residential area.

Meanwhile, Barwa Real Estate has announced plans to construct 43,000 units to accommodate Qatar’s single workers.

When finished, the self-contained township, which will be “far removed from family residential areas,” will include health and recreational facilities, Gulf Times reports.


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