Related Links: Reuters: Qatar building boom proves a challenge for foreign construction firms Construction workers from India and Nepal are believed to make up the largest contingent of migrants in Qatar, building an estimated $150 billion worth of buildings and infrastructure in the ambitious Gulf nation over the next decade.But even as global media and organizations speculate on poor—some say slavery-like—working conditions and other risk factors that they say have spiked fatalities over the past several years, home-country governments are mixed in their responses to the plight of their expatriates.Of the estimated 1.5 million workers in the country, 600,000 come
Related Links: U.S. Engineering Firms Land Big Contracts In Qatar Qatar, CH2M Hill Advance Nations $4-Billion 2022 Soccer World Cup Program Global contractors, especially from China and France, are making the most of Qatar’s prodigious investment in infrastructure development. The emirate, which will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, is spending $182 billion over the next five years. Major projects on hand include the completion of Hamad International Airport, the New Doha Port project, railway and metro projects and roads.The 26-square-kilometer New Port Project is being built in phases, with the first phase scheduled to for completion in 2016.
AP Photo Ex-MWH Global engineer Matthew Huang and his wife, Grace, are suing his former employer related to a troubled deployment to Qatar. Related Links: Construction Industry Learning Goes Borderless: Adjusting Training to Differing Cultures Jan. 6 Practicing Law Institute seminar with Donald Dowling: Developing International Employee Handbooks, Global Codes of Conduct and Cross-Border HR Policies While construction-industry firms that deploy expatriates to far-flung and risky global jobsites have taken notice of the saga of one MWH Global Inc. engineer caught in a two-year legal wrangle in Qatar with new U.S. developments, employment experts say the situation is highly unusual.Matthew
Photo Courtesy of Qatar 2022 The outside of Al-Gharafa Stadium will consist of colored bands representing the flags of all the countries that have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Photo Courtesy of Qatar 2022 Planned features for Al-Khor Stadium include modular building components and state-of-the-art cooling technology. The wealthy Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is spending at least $4 billion of its oil and other resource riches to build leading-edge, environmentally friendly facilities and infrastructure to host the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament. The program involves building nine new stadiums, upgrading three others and constructing related facilities and
Transportation and other markets in the emirate countries of the Middle East continue to offer lucrative opportunities for U.S. engineering firms. Qatar leaders on April 6 signed contracts with these firms worth billions of dollars during a Manhattan conference that drew top government and business officials. Related Links: Qatar Forum: Billion dollar deals Parsons Transportation Group will provide design work for two new highways that together are projected to cost more than $1 billion, and is teamed with AECOM on construction management for a $3.5-billion, 30-km light rail network. Jeffrey Squires, Parsons executive vice president, says Qatar's 2022 hosting of
One of the world’s most ambitious urban development initiatives is taking place in Doha, the capital of the Gulf kingdom of Qatar. Photo: Courtesy Of Hochtief Infrastructure master plan includes commercial and residential centers, along with an airport and seaport. Even in a region known for brash city-building, Qatar’s plans will radically enlarge its urban footprint in the next decade to accommodate hundreds of thousands of additional residents with new housing, commercial and tourism centers through about a half-dozen projects. These projects include a plan by the state-owned developer Dohaland to re-create Doha’s downtown using more traditional Gulf architecture; further,
A group of private investors and the government of Qatar has just signed a $1.7-billion general contract for an 8-km-long retail development curving around the south of the capital, Doha. Essen, Germany-based Hochtief Construction GmbH. plans to complete the roughly 900,000-sq-meter Barwa Commercial Avenue project, including fit-out and electrical and mechanical equipment, in just over three years. The turnkey contractor began excavating for the development, next to a major highway, early last year in a separate $60-million contract with Barwa Real Estate Co., which is 45% owned by the Emirate of Qatar. Photo:Hochtief