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Qatar MEP labour force lacks knowledge and quality

Opportunity to learn from the rest of GCC to stand it in good stead

Qatar needs to increase the knowledge and quality of its labour force, an expert has warned. Picture: Getty
Qatar needs to increase the knowledge and quality of its labour force, an expert has warned. Picture: Getty

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Qatar’s labour force currently lacks the technical quality and knowledge to meet the demands posed by the burgeoning MEP market in the build up the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a local expert has warned.

In an interview with MEP Middle East, Chandy Mistry, senior mechanical engineer with KEO International’s Qatar office, said that he had concerns over the lack of high-level MEP knowledge in the Gulf Arab country, which he said could have an impact on the quality of workmanship being delivered.

“My personal concern for the country is that while we have very cheap labour in the country, there are very few trades people and supervisors. My concern is that the quality and workmanship is not very good and (will be) questionable,” he said.

“It is very frustrating for us and project and construction management to have Qatari contractors where we have to teach them how services have to be installed, in view to the functionality and accessibility and the future maintenance of plant and equipment.”

“They’ve yet to develop all of that, but it will come in due course,” Mistry added.

He said that one thing that would stand the Qatari MEP market in good stead would be its ability to absorb the lessons from around the GCC and further afield. This, he said, would come in time as best practice methods are adopted.

“Qatar is still very young and it has a great deal more to grow and learn. It and the rest of the GCC have a lot to offer, as compared to the rest of the Middle East.”

“Therefore, (while) Qatar has yet to learn excellence in MEP services, it has learnt that it needs its own professional body to ensure that MEP [has a] high standard of installation, which will provide the service and long lifecycle of systems for the end users and its owners,” Mistry said.

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