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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The bid and tournament

When will Qatar host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

Following a decision made by the FIFA Executive Committee in March 2015, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will take place over 28 days from 21 November to 18 December 2022 , with the final being held on Qatar's National Day.

Where and when will matches take place in 2022?

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Match Schedule was published on 15 July 2020, exactly two years after the historic final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.

Match Schedule

Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity1 arena that takes its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region, will be the stage when hosts Qatar kick off the tournament on Monday 21 November 2022 at 13:00 local time2 (11:00 CET).

The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00.

Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the third-place playoff on 17 December. The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000-strong crowd.

1The final capacities of all FIFA World Cup™ stadiums during the competition will be confirmed closer to the tournament.

2All times mentioned are local. Arabia Standard Time (AST) is UTC/ GMT+3 or CET+2.

What’s special about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Match Schedule?

Qatar’s compact nature means fans who travel to the tournament will have the chance to attend more than one match per day – a unique opportunity in the modern history of the competition. Fans will fly into one airport and not have to change their accommodation for the entirety of the tournament.

No internal flights will be required, meaning a cheaper and more environmentally friendly experience for fans – and a refreshing one for players, who will be able to concentrate on training and recuperation rather than travelling long distances.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Match Schedule provides all teams with optimal rest time between matches. The group stage will last 12 days and, with four matches per day, it promises a full and exciting schedule, so fans can fully immerse themselves in the action. They will never be far from a stadium, fan zone or tourist attraction.

The compact nature of Qatar 2022 will also reduce the tournament’s carbon footprint and help FIFA and Qatar achieve their vision of delivering the first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup™.

This will be an international football tournament like no other.

What facts and figures should I know about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

1: Maximum number of hours that people will have to spend travelling between venues during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, allowing fans, media, officials and delegates to watch more than one match in a single day while staying in the same accommodation throughout the tournament.

8: Number of stadiums used during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Khalifa International Stadium, the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ ready venue, was launched in May 2017. Al Janoub Stadium, the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ host venue to be built from scratch was inaugurated in May 2019. Education City Stadium was launched digitally in June 2020. Main contractor works on all other venues will be completed by 2021.

15-24°C: Average low and high temperatures during November and December in Qatar.

50: Number of different nationalities working for the SC. The organisation has recruited top talent from around the globe to deliver a historic FIFA World Cup™ and its diversity reflects Qatar's commitment to deliver a tournament that bridges cultures, breaks down social barriers and unites the world.

75 kilometres: Maximum travelling distance between host venues (Al Bayt Stadium to Al Janoub Stadium).

1st title: Qatar will compete in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ as the reigning champions of Asia after winning the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in January 2019. Qatar defeated three Russia 2018 qualifiers – Saudi Arabia, Korea Republic and Japan – en route to winning the title in the UAE.

1981: The year Qatar stunned the football world by reaching the final of the FIFA World Youth Championships (now the FIFA U-20 World Cup), defeating Brazil and England on the way.

1992: The year Qatar reached the quarter-finals of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games' football tournament and won its first ever Gulf Cup.

9,520: Number of athletes who participated in 424 events across 39 sports during the 15th Asian Games (XV Asiad) in Doha in 2006, widely regarded as the most successful to-date. In hosting the FIFA World Cup™, Qatar is building on a strong tradition of hosting international sporting events, including tennis, golf, gymnastics and motorsport.

40,000: Seating capacity of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history.

1,500,000: Number of fans expected to visit Qatar during the FIFA World Cup 2022™.

53,000,000: annual capacity of Doha's Hamad International Airport in 2022.

All figures above are correct as of October 2020.

Now that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is being held in November and December, will Qatar still deliver its bid promise of cooling technologies?

Yes. Cooling technology was an important commitment of Qatar's bid, not only for the success of the 2022 tournament, but also as a legacy for Qatar and the region. By building stadiums that incorporate cooling technology, our facilities can be used year round. The same technology can be adopted by other countries with a similar climate.

Qatar's groundbreaking cooling technology was showcased for the first time when Khalifa International Stadium was successfully inaugurated in May 2017. The temperature inside the stadium was just 25C, while the outside temperature was 43C.

Where will be the best place to stay when in Qatar?

The unique, compact nature of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ means there will be an Olympic Village feel in Qatar. The SC is implementing a range of concepts to ensure fans travelling to Qatar in 2022 have a variety of options. Whether that is a 3 or 5-star hotel, a room on a temporarily moored cruise ship or a Bedouin-style tent under the stars, fans will be offered some truly unique accommodation options as well as more conventional ones so there will be something to suit every visitor. The SC bid included a promise of 100,000 rooms and this will be exceeded.

How can a country as small as Qatar host a FIFA World Cup™?

The compact nature of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is a unique feature of the tournament, and it will have a positive impact on players and fans. Not only will fans be able to watch more than one match in a single day, they will also avoid the long journeys to other matches seen in previous FIFA World Cups™ – where some games were played thousands of miles apart.

Due to massive infrastructure investment currently underway in Qatar, which includes a brand-new metro system, fans will be able to move around the country with ease. Qatar provides a great base from which fans can explore the region, with Hamad International Airport able to handle 8,700 passengers every hour during peak times.

It is the players who will benefit from the compact nature of the 2022 tournament more than anyone else. With their accommodation being permanent for the entire tournament, training pitches only minutes away, and stadiums a short coach journey away, no matter which stadium they find themselves playing in, teams will enjoy ideal game preparation, with more time spent on rest and training and less time spent on travel.

How much is the SC spending to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

The SC is currently working to a budget of around QAR 23 billion (approximately US$6.5bn) on stadiums and training sites over 12 years, which is comparable to recent FIFA World Cup™ tournaments and Olympic Games. It is important to note that the vast majority of national infrastructure development will not be financed by the SC. Road network expansions and the metro system are two examples of projects being delivered as part of Qatar National Vision 2030, and would have been implemented regardless of Qatar's successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™.

What can fans expect from the 2022 tournament?

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be a family-friendly tournament, combining traditional Qatari and Arab hospitality with innovative fan and player experiences to ensure a truly unique experience in 2022.

Qatar is only an eight-hour flight from two thirds of the world's population, meaning it will be one of the most accessible tournaments ever. It is also a base from which, after the tournament, fans can easily explore the rest of the region.

Will alcohol be available at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

Alcohol is not part of Qatari culture, and may not be available everywhere, but it will be available in designated areas. FIFA will work with Q22, as it does with all FIFA World Cup™ host nations, to find a solution that satisfies everyone concerned.

How many stadiums will be built?

There will be eight FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums. Qatar's bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022™ included 12 stadiums as per FIFA's requirements. As is the case with any FIFA World Cup™, once a country is chosen as host, a review of the bid plans is made to propose the final host cities and stadium projects for approval by FIFA. This is the same process that all FIFA World Cup™ host nations undergo.

What will happen to Qatar's FIFA World Cup™ stadiums after the tournament?

As with stadiums in Innsbruck and Basel during the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, the SC is building several 'modular' venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which will have demountable top tiers. Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in Doha will be the first fully demountable FIFA World Cup™ stadium.

Qatar's proposal is to donate demountable grandstand seats to countries in need of sporting infrastructure, thereby supporting the creation of a strong legacy of football development.

The SC believes this proposal will ensure that Qatar is left with stadiums fit for purpose beyond 2022. We plan to have no so-called 'white elephants'.

Is Qatar a safe place to visit?

Qatar is consistently ranked as the safest country in the region and in the top 20 globally. Qatar already hosts more than 90 major sporting events annually and the country's planning with international partners for these events has ensured their successful and safe delivery every time.

Qatar has also formed a National Security Committee to focus on security at the tournament.

The Security Committee has already signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Home Office, French Gendarmerie, the ICSS, the Council of Europe and INTERPOL, and its teams have attended dozens of major sporting events around the world to gain additional hands-on experience.

Has the current blockade had any impact on progress?

We are pleased to say that there has been no impact on the delivery timetable and it is very much business as usual. Progress has been a testament to the resilience of the SC team, but also the contingency plans that were in place before construction began in 2014.

What will happen if the blockade continues?

Progress will continue as planned and absolutely everyone will be welcome for the tournament in Qatar in 2022. The tournament is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the region. We have always maintained that this FIFA World Cup™ can and should leave a legacy not just for Qatar, but for the whole Middle East and Arab world.

When and where will general tickets go on sale?

For information about the tournament’s general ticketing sales, which will be managed exclusively by FIFA, please check FIFA.com/tickets for further updates.

When and where will hospitality packages go on sale?

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Commercial Hospitality Programme offers a unique opportunity to experience spectacular football in a luxurious setting. To purchase hospitality packages now, or to make an enquiry, please go to FIFA.com/hospitality.

The SC

What is the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy?

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) was established by the State of Qatar in 2011 to deliver the infrastructure and host country planning and operations required for Qatar to host a historic FIFA World Cup™ which accelerates its progress towards achieving national development goals and creates a lasting legacy for the country, region, Asia and the world.

What is the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC?

announced the launch of a new joint venture to organise the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) was unveiled as the body responsible for the planning and delivery of the tournament, with H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi serving as Chairman of the Board and Nasser Al Khater as Chief Executive Officer. The new joint venture will benefit from the vast knowledge and experience Qatar has gained since winning the bid in 2010 and FIFA's extensive tournament delivery expertise.

In addition to H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi and Nasser Al Khater, the management board of the new entity is composed of FIFA's Secretary General, Fatma Samoura; FIFA's two Deputy Secretary Generals, Mattias and Alasdair Bell; FIFA's Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith; FIFA's Chief Legal Officer, Emilio Garcia Silvero; Chairman of the Operations Office and Vice Chairman of the Technical Delivery Office at the SC, Eng. Yasir Al Jamal; and Qatar Football Association (QFA) Vice President, Saoud Al Mohannadi.

Who is leading the SC?

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi is the Secretary General of the SC. His appointment in March 2011 as Secretary General followed on from his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, in which he worked closely with the Bid Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, promoting Qatar's successful attempt to host the FIFA World Cup™ in the region for the first time.

 

In addition to this, he serves as the Chairman of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, which is responsible for organising and staging the event.

 

A lawyer by profession, the Secretary General previously served as General Counsel for the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holding, entities founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to strengthen and diversify the national economy. He maintains a role at QIA as Legal Adviser.

 

The Secretary General also holds board positions at key national stakeholders concerned with delivering the national infrastructure necessary for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. These include Katara Hospitality (previously known as Qatar National Hotels, a hospitality owner, manager and developer), Qatar Rail (the owner and operator of Qatar's rail network) and Qatari Diar (established in 2005 to support Qatar's growing economy by coordinating the country's real estate development priorities).

 

In 2013, the Secretary General was appointed to the FIFA World Cup Organising Committee (the Committee responsible for all matters pertaining to the FIFA World Cup™) as Special Adviser.

 

The Secretary General is a law graduate from the University of Sheffield in the UK and speaks four languages.

Who works alongside the Secretary General?

Nasser Al Khater is the CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC and the SC's Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group. Previously, he held the titles of Assistant Secretary General, Tournament Affairs, and Executive Director of Marketing and Communications.

 

Appointed to the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee in 2009, the Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group oversaw the marketing and communications campaign that led to Qatar's successful FIFA World Cup™ bid. The Qatar 2022 Bid Campaign won a number of prestigious awards, including a Red Dot Award for brand identity, a GWA Award for the technical design and production of the Qatar 2022 Bid Book, and an EVA Award for the SC's Legacy Pavilion, located at the SC's headquarters in Doha. The campaign was also a finalist at the Dubai Lynx and Benchmark Awards for brand identity.

 

Before joining the Bid Committee, the Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group worked with Qatari Government agencies to create development strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises and on national leadership development programmes, which led to the establishment of Enterprise Qatar and the Qatar Leadership Centre respectively.

 

Following five years working for international financial giant HSBC, the Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group spent five years at Qatar Shell leading the firm's Intalaqa programme, an initiative aimed at fostering entrepreneurship for young Qatari nationals.

 

The Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, US.

 

Eng. Yasir Al Jamal is the Chairman of the SC's Host Country Operations Office and Vice Chairman of the Technical Delivery Office. He is also a Board Member of the FIFA World Cup Qatar LLC. Al Jamal previously held the title of Assistant Secretary General at the SC.

 

Al Jamal first joined the road to 2022 as part of the team behind Qatar's FIFA World Cup™ bid, presiding over the planning of the revolutionary state-of-the-art stadiums and cooling technologies that played such a key role in the bid's success. Today, he leads the delivery of these visionary concepts into reality, and works with Qatar's various stakeholders to ensure the readiness and preparedness of the country's supporting tournament infrastructure.

 

Prior to joining the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee in 2009, Al Jamal worked in the real estate development and oil and gas industries, having held positions in Qatari Diar and Qatar Petroleum, where he was seconded to ExxonMobil and Shell.

 

Al Jamal is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Who makes up the board of the SC?

As per Amiri Decree No. 2 for 2018, the SC Board of Directors is chaired by H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, with H.H. the Personal Representative of the Amir serving as Vice-Chairman.

 

Members of the board includes H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; H.E. the President of the Qatar Olympic Committee; H.E. Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad Al Thani as Managing Director; H.E. the Minister of Finance; H.E. the Minister of Culture and Sports; H.E. the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics; H.E. the Minister of Transport and Communications; H.E. the Minister of Municipality and Environment; and H.E. the President of the Qatar Football Association.

Workers' Welfare

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How many workers are engaged on FIFA World Cup™ projects?

The number of workers change on a monthly basis. At peak construction more than 36,000 workers, mainly from from India, Bangladesh and Nepal have been engaged on SC projects.

How is the SC ensuring the welfare of workers?

The SC has always believed that Qatar's hosting of the FIFA World Cup™ can be a catalyst to accelerate positive initiatives already being undertaken in Qatar, leaving a legacy of meaningful and sustainable progress with regards to workers' welfare.

 

Please visit our dedicated Workers' Welfare webpages for a comprehensive and up-to-date breakdown of the steps the SC has taken, and continues to take, to improve and protect the welfare of workers on SC projects. These include details about the SC’s partnerships with independent third parties such as Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI), Impactt Ltd. and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar.

How safe are the SC's projects for workers?

The health and safety of our workers remains our number one priority. The SC has an accident frequency rate (AFR) of 0.03, a rate that is lower than that of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, considered to be one of the most efficient mega-events ever hosted from a health and safety perspective.

 

We have unfortunately suffered three work-related fatalities since construction began in 2014. Details of these and every significant accident on site are included in our regular Workers' Welfare Progress Reports.

How is the Qatari Government ensuring the welfare of expatriate workers in Qatar?

The Qatari Government has introduced a number of labour reforms to the country's Kafala sponsorship system and launched and implemented a variety of other initiatives aimed at ensuring workers' rights are respected. For more information on the Government's reforms, please visit the website of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The Arabic language website can be found here.

COVID-19

What proactive measures were taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the SC workforce prior to any cases being reported?

The SC takes all necessary precautions for workers, in line with the COVID-19 preventative measures and interim guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Six weeks prior to the first cases reported, we utilised our existing network of medical clinics across all sites and accommodations, immediately implementing the following actions:

  1. All healthcare professionals following MoPH interim measures issued on 1 March 2020 to control COVID-19 outbreak. Workers’ temperatures taken twice daily.
  2. Conducted a risk assessment exercise for our accommodations, kitchen facilities and high risk workers to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
  3. Workers with chronic diseases and those above 55 years of age have been temporarily demobilised from site due to them being more vulnerable to COVID-19. The SC relocated all the high risk workers to an SC-compliant centralised accommodation. They continue to receive their salaries along with free food and accommodation.
  4. Workers were temporarily demobilised from high risk accommodations (i.e. those locations with a cluster of cases). Nine percent of the SC workforce in decentralised accommodations were relocated to centralised accommodation facilities.
  5. Carried out inspections of existing caterers’ kitchen facilities and, based on risk assessments, identified caterers that either need to (i) upgrade their kitchen operations or (ii) be replaced with a caterer that is equipped with better facilities, to ensure that higher standards are in place to mitigate against COVID-19.
  6. Awareness sessions delivered on construction sites and accommodations to educate workers on the importance of prevention.
  7. 300,000 masks distributed to 19,000 workers. In case of a shortage of masks, workers were advised to use personal scarves. Disinfection measures have been applied to these scarves using dedicated washing machines.
  8. Sanitisers distributed on SC projects.
  9. Workers’ temperatures taken twice daily.
  10. Interim disinfection protocols have been implemented at site and accommodation medical facilities.
  11. Non-essential visitors to SC construction sites prohibited.
  12. Quarantine rooms established on all SC sites and accommodations.
  13. COVID-19 inspections are carried out daily across SC construction and accommodation sites, to ensure the following: hygiene and sanitation of on-site clinics, social distancing in dining halls and buses, sanitization and hygiene, compliance of wearing masks, and temperature checks.
  14. Developed task-specific inspection checklists and conducted inspections across all SC construction sites, to identify if all requirements are met with respect to hygiene and sanitation in site clinics, kitchens, dining halls, and offices and meeting spaces. There have been over 4,940 inspections completed to date.
  15. Supported the development of a COVID-19 awareness app that has reached more than 200,000+ residents (including SC workers).

After the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, what actions were taken to support the SC workers?

  1. Mental health awareness campaign to support workers during COVID-19 launched with the MoPH and Hamad Medical Corporation. Delivered five videos and four infographics in eight languages with mental health professionals to raise awareness on stress, anxiety, social isolation, depression, wellbeing and physical health. Supported the development of an app that to date has already had over 203,000 downloads. Content distributed to all SC workers via Workers’ Welfare Officers, directly to 18,000 workers via SMS, and to 15 embassies to be shared with their constituencies.
  2. In early May, with the guidance and approval of the MoPH, introduced an SC 1,000 bed-capacity isolation facility for treating workers infected with COVID-19, to ensure that the SC could monitor and maintain strict quarantine protocols to minimize the spread of infection among the rest of the workforce.
  3. Conducted daily workers’ sentiment and well-being interviews with workers diagnosed with COVID-19 to ensure they were feeling safe and comfortable during their isolation period. Over 1,180 interviews conducted to date.

Has testing taken place or is it planned to take place within SC construction sites and or accommodations?

The SC is screening workers where applicable. Over 3,600 workers have been tested to date. All workers with upper respiratory tract symptoms are examined by our work site doctors and nurses, following the Minstry of Public Health Minstry of Public Health (MoPH) visual triage screening. As per MoPH protocol, testing for COVID-19 is only permitted to take place within Hamad Hospital and Communicable Disease Center-assigned hospitals.

Have any SC workers tested positive for COVID-19?

A number of SC staff and workers on SC sites have tested positive for COVID-19. The SC’s response is guided by the procedures and advice from the MoPH, which is leading on the treatment of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Qatar.

 

Those that have tested positive are treated in isolation by MoPH at their designated medical facility (from May 2020 to Aug 2020, they were treated in an SC isolation facility) and are monitored on an ongoing basis by medical professionals. The period of isolation is dependent on the progress of each case. Those who came into close contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being quarantined for a period of 14 days as a precautionary measure and will continue to be monitored.

 

All workers will continue to receive their salaries whilst in isolation, in line with Qatari government policy. Free COVID-19-related healthcare for all is also guaranteed by the government.

 

The SC’s clinics are reporting suspected cases, fulfilling the requirement of MoPH for reporting on a daily basis. This reporting is taking place through a unified, confidential software – SystmOne – introduced by the SC in partnership with The Phoenix Partnership (TPP) to manage workers’ medical records and is the first of its kind in Qatar.

Has there been an increase in medical staff on sites as a precaution?

The SC has a comprehensive medical framework on all projects and accommodations, including dedicated nurses, doctors and clinics. The Workers’ Welfare department has its own doctor who is responsible for coordinating the work of all healthcare professionals connected to our projects.

 

The SC is on alert for any COVID-19 symptoms and, if detected, will follow Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) protocol. The SC also has a robust contingency plan in place, with adequate resources ready to provide sufficient medical care if conditions worsen.

 

We created a new module within our SystmOne software to manage the COVID-19 cases across SC sites. The data is updated by respective sites on an ongoing basis and used for reporting purposes.

Are workers charged for treatment if they are diagnosed with COVID-19?

All COVID-19-related healthcare is provided free of charge by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). Treatment for any other medical condition is provided by HMC or provided by our contractors, as per the SC’s mandated Workers’ Welfare Standards.

Will workers be allowed to leave for their country of origin in case of a family emergency?

Assuming necessary flight restrictions do not impact routes to the home countries of workers, anyone can travel to their home countries in the case of an emergency. Any further changes to the State of Qatar’s evolving travel policy will be strictly adhered to by the SC and its contractors.

 

The SC will work with its contractors to ensure workers that are currently on leave will be able to report back for duty once airports reopen.

How do you plan to isolate or implement social distancing when workers share living quarters?

The SC has established isolation rooms in separate blocks and/or buildings on all of our accommodations and will continue to follow MoPH protocol. We have also implemented physical distancing protocols in the dining halls and on transportation used by workers. We will continue to test where relevant, with any suspected cases reported to the relevant authorities with the appropriate action taken.

What wage protection measures for workers have been taken during COVID-19?

On 31 March 2020 the Ministry of Administrative Development Labour and Social Affairs (MoADLSA) announced that workers in quarantine and isolation will be paid full salary without any deduction and that it is mandatory for employers and companies to follow this policy. A specific amount has been earmarked to pay the salaries of workers and the rents of employers during this period.

 

Under article 82 of the Qatari Labour Law, employees are entitled to sick leave with pay for each year of service, unless within the first three months of employment, and provided the employee can provide a medical report issued by a competent physician approved by the employer.

 

Employees are entitled to full sick pay for two weeks, reducing to half pay thereafter for a further four weeks. Sick leave can be extended for a maximum of six weeks beyond this period, until the worker either resumes his duties or is unable to return to work due to health reasons.

 

If an employee chooses to resign from his job during the first six weeks of sick leave, his or her employer is liable to settle the balance of all financial entitlements. This provision shall also apply in the event of death by reason of sickness before the end of the aforementioned six weeks. If an employee takes sick leave for the full 12-week period, this does not constitute an interruption of continuous service and will not affect any end of service gratuity which is owed.

 

The SC remains in constant dialogue with all of our contractors and will engage with contractors on a case-by-case basis if any issues directly relating to salary payment occur.

Would you consider suspending work on SC projects if there is a breakout of COVID-19?

The SC reviews the situation on a continuous basis and will take the necessary measures to protect the health and safety of all construction workers and direct staff, which may include temporary suspension of work as and when required.

Media relations

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If I am a journalist interested in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, who should I co-ordinate with?

For all FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ related enquiries, the SC's Media Team can be reached on [email protected]. Your email / enquiry will be picked up and responded to by a member of the team.