Qatar ministry map marks illegal labour camp zones

The Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning in Qatar reportedly released a map highlighting family accommodation areas in Doha, where labour camps are illegal

Qatar has released a map highlighting illegal labour camp zones in Doha. [Image: baladiya.gov.qa]
Qatar has released a map highlighting illegal labour camp zones in Doha. [Image: baladiya.gov.qa]

Qatari authorities have reportedly published maps outlining "no-go" zones for blue collar workers in Doha. 

The Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP/Baladiya) has published a map that highlights the districts where labourer accommodation is banned, according to Doha News

Certain highlighted zones form the designated family housing areas where labour accommodation is not permitted. 

Most of central Doha, as well as certain parts of Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Umm Salal and swathes of Al Rayyan and Al Shahaniyah, are included in the yellow zone.

The decision to carve out special family zones, keeping out labour camps, was announced in 2010. 

This is, however, the first time that the government has released detailed maps, the report added. 

"Legislation on this issue was passed five years ago, when Qatar’s former Emir ratified Law No. 15 of 2010, Prohibition of workers’ camps within residential areas, although it didn’t go into effect until 1 November, 2011," the report stated. 

"The move was spurred by complaints from members of the local community who said that they felt “threatened” in residential areas that had a large presence of male workers." 

Under the legislation, it is illegal for sponsors to house workers within the central areas, the report continued.  

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