By Neil Halligan
Built over an area of 1,100 square metres at Musaismeer near the industrial zone, it took three years to construct and will be the largest accommodation facility for foreign workers in the Gulf region
Qatar has officially opened the region’s largest labour accommodation facility, which offiicals say is capable of housing up to 100,000 workers.
The $825 million Labour City, built over an area of 1,100 square metres at Musaismeer near the industrial zone, took three years to be build, according to Qatar News Agency.
Qatar’s Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani officially opened the facility, which is located 14 kms from Doha city centre, and 13 kms from Hamad International Airport.
The development is divided into two parts, the residential complexes and the entertainment and business district.
The residential contains 55 residential buildings with a capacity for 100,000 workers, places of worship, a medical clinic and parking lot for buses. The accommodation also includes green areas and a number of public telephone booths as well as Wi-Fi-equipped centres for residents.
The entertainment and business district includes a commercial centre, a market with 200 shops, a cricket ground, a theatre capable of accommodating 17,000 people and four modern cinema halls.
The city also has an integrated network of surveillance cameras connected to the two police centres, which will provide security.
The site is currently around 60 percent full and accommodates workers from countries like Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Each room in the facility is meant to house no more than four workers, with officials saying regular inspections would be carried out to ensure this rule is enforced.