Hotels in Qatar are currently preparing to provide decent accommodations for the millions of fans who are expected to visit the country in time for the staging of the FIFA World Cup 2022, a top official of Qatar Chamber has said.
Leading hoteliers in Doha have earlier expressed optimism and confidence in Qatar’s capability to host a major global sporting event, such as the World Cup, citing world-class infrastructure, such as road and transportation networks and state-of-the-art stadiums, as well as achievements in staging a variety of international championships games in previous years.
In the midst of these early milestones, private sector leader Qatar Chamber has been initiating measures, in collaborations with government authorities, to guarantee that the country’s hospitality sector upholds the highest standards, particularly in labour and employment, and other facets of the industry, said Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani.
Only recently, Qatar Chamber announced its collaboration with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, as well as with many local and global entities, for the launch of a guidance tool to promote fair recruitment and employment standards in the hospitality sector.
According to Sheikh Khalifa, the guidance tool aims to provide a platform for the hospitality sector and its stakeholders to share experiences and foster opportunities for teamwork and business leadership in Qatar.
“Undoubtedly, the hospitality sector is vital to the economy and a very important part of Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Currently, hotels are preparing to provide decent accommodation for Qatar’s guests, who will flock to Doha to attend this international tournament.
“Therefore, Qatar’s hospitality sector will have to reflect the true picture and highlight the success of this global event, which is being held for the first time in an Arab and Middle Eastern country,” Sheikh Khalifa said in the chamber’s latest edition of its monthly publication, Al Moltaqa.
Sheikh Khalifa stressed that the newly-issued labour laws emphasised the State’s concern to pursue reforms in the labour market – a move that was initiated many years ago by enhancing Qatar’s labour laws and the protection of expatriate workers, as well as safeguarding their dignity.
“These reforms mainly aim at providing a safe and attractive labour environment as part of the State’s endeavour to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The reforms include setting the minimum wage and facilitating changing employers, which will significantly enhance the competitiveness in the labour market and provide the opportunity for private sector companies to contract with skilled and trained workers.
“Being a representative of the private sector and liaison between businessmen and the government, Qatar Chamber plays a key role in raising awareness of workers’ rights in private sector companies,” Sheikh Khalifa emphasised.
To achieve these objectives, Sheikh Khalifa said, the chamber held several seminars on these laws and enhanced its relations with several labour organisations worldwide. Qatar Chamber also highlighted the “great progress” made by the country in this regard during local and international events the chamber hosted or participated in, Sheikh Khalifa said.
“I would like to say that the Qatari labour market has entered a new phase with the issuance of these new laws, which keep the balance between the rights of workers and employer, as well.
“I am certain that these reforms, which are in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, will have a positive impact on Qatar’s position globally in terms of the rights and dignity of workers.