Labour City soon to get free Wi-Fi for its tenants
A Wi-Fi network has since been connected at several housing units within the city and the workers will soon be able to access it free
The Labour City near Asian Town in Mesaimeer, Qatar, will soon get free Wi-Fi service.
Home to about 3,000 workers, the facility fast evolving into a distinctive model for labour accommodation in the country.
One of the two companies operating the housing complex is providing the free service to workers, based on an agreement with their employer.
A Wi-Fi network has since been connected at several housing units within the city and the workers will soon be able to access it free, a source at the company that employed the workers informed on 5 August, 2016.
With capacity to accommodate 53,000 workers, the city is located opposite Karwa headquarters close to the Industrial Area, and was officially opened in October last year.
The complex is occupied by workers from several companies and according to one source the Wi-Fi system is most welcome: “Our company had reached an agreement with the operators to provide Wi-Fi service to our workers staying in the City.
“It has been installed and will be activated shortly.
“The free internet connection will be a great relief to our workers who have been spending a sizeable part of their income for using internet on their smart phones.”
Most workers have a smart phone and spend an average $13.7 (QAR5O) per month on internet, he added.
The Wi-Fi service will go a long way in helping families remain in contact across the miles, as well as serving as a major tool of entertainment, he added. It will also help reduce the use of mobile phones at worksites.
The entire complex has 64 residential buildings, each with four floors of 130 rooms, accommodating 780 workers per building and each building has its own dining hall. These buildings are grouped into four major sub-complexes, of 16 buildings each.
Besides, there are 16 other residential buildings meant to house executive single workers or senior staff members of companies that take premises here on rent. Each of these buildings has 97 rooms.
The entire complex covers an area of 1.8 million square metres with a total of 9,872 rooms and most of the buildings in the city are already occupied, said the source.
The housing complex has clinics providing health care at affordable cost, ambulance service, mosques, police station, among other facilities.