Qatar moves to improve labour housing standards

April 8, 2014 9:37 am

The Qatari government has launched a handbook regulating the temporary accommodation of labourers at construction sites, in a new initiative aimed at enhancing the protection of human rights of expatriate labourers in the country, Gulf Times has reported. “The standards stipulated are compliant with globally-approved ones,” said Dr Mohamed bin Saif al-Kuwari, the assistant undersecretary for Laboratories and Standardisation Affairs at the ministry of environment, and a member of the National Human Rights Committee. The handbook comprises 10 chapters, with details on rooms at labourers’ accommodation, kitchens and places for preparation of food, toilets, clinics and health facilities, periodical maintenance, water, electricity and communication systems, sewage systems, safety, the architectural blueprint, general terms and references.