|A picture shows the new labour city in the Sanaya Industrial Area in Doha |
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The country’s Special Engineering Office officially presented the $825 million housing project which is set to house some 68,640 workers.
Labour City, which lies just 14 kilometers from Doha and covers an area of 1,100,000 square meters, is just one of seven house complexes that the government is building to house almost 260,000 labor migrants.
The new “model” project has two sections with residential apartments, and another which includes the entertainment and business district. Residents can enjoy a 17,000 seat theater on the premises. The city offers a commercial center and a market with 200 shops. It has four cinemas and a cricket field.
To make it feel more like home, Labour City has two mosques, including one that is the country’s second largest.
The second section contains 55 residential buildings, places of worship, a medical clinic and parking lots. Labor City is equipped with public telephones and Wi-Fi centers. So far around of 40 percent of the site is still vacant, the other is occupied by laborers from other countries including Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
This is just amazing! A city of 70,000 migrant workers and not one of them is from Syria! Why?
When migrants in Europe are desperate for homes, work and a safe environment; and here we have all three in abundance already made; why aren't the Syrians coming here? Is it because they want the migrant workers to go home after the Fifa World Cup? That isn't until 2022! By then they can return to Syria; it will be peaceful there because there will be nothing left of it.
I realize the cities are not built for families but that can be rectified easily enough. 70,000 worker and their families could be so easily absorbed into Qatar so as to not hardly be noticed in the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, Germany, Sweden and other European countries are suffering through all kinds of contortions trying to deal with migration on a Biblical scale. It makes no sense. Europe should put most of the migrants on planes to Doha, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, etc.
To offer security, two police stations are working on the premises with the help of an integrated network of surveillance cameras.