Our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our workers is not limited to construction sites. We also recognise that workers must be able to switch off and relax when they are not working. This is central to their physical and mental health.
When the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) introduced our Workers' Welfare Standards, we committed to delivering accommodation that was clean, comfortable and offered recreational facilities that allow workers to unwind. From cricket pitches, badminton courts and gyms, to free Wi-Fi and TV rooms, we recognised the need to offer a complete range of activities – in addition to our social outreach plans – to make life as comfortable as possible for workers.
What is the SC responsible for?
As per our Workers' Welfare Standards, we ensure that all workers have access to indoor recreational space with adequate natural light, ventilation and cooling. At least one outdoor, multi-purpose sports field is provided in the vicinity of all workers' accommodation, free of charge.
Workers also have access to fully equipped indoor gyms to help them maintain physical fitness, and some accommodation sites feature a swimming pool. Accommodation provided by our contractors offers services such as mosques, grocery shops, barber shops and launderettes.
In addition, we have committed to participating in the Better Connections Program with the Ministry of Transport & Communications, which improves workers' computer literacy. To support the initiative, contractors are required to provide a facility dedicated to computer use and internet access within each accommodation site.
What are we doing and what have we achieved?
In partnership with Qatar Foundation and the SC, Barwa Real Estate Group built a recreational complex as part of its accommodation for 53,000 workers in Al Khor, where Al Bayt Stadium is being built. We sponsor the recreational facility's football pitches, which can be reserved by workers for casual games or more competitive tournaments. Our sponsorship keeps the pitches – made from FIFA-certified artificial grass – in good condition.
In May 2016, around 500 SC workers, along with 2,500 workers from other organisations, joined us for a football fun day, organised to celebrate International Labour Day. The event took place at Al Khor Workers Sports Complex. It gave workers a chance to relax, socialise and take part in specially arranged football matches.
With music providing a vibrant backdrop, attendees tried playing football on stilts, tested their dribbling skills around cones and competed in a bubble football competition – played with the head, torso and waist covered by a huge inflatable balloon.
The opportunity to bond through sport encourages workers to get to know each other outside of the working environment. The fun day at Al Khor was no different. It brought together workers from all over Qatar. Milan Shresta, from Nepal, enjoyed competing with colleagues and connecting with friends outside of work.
"Events like the fun day help us to bond with each other over a friendly game and I am thankful to the people who organised it," he said. "It definitely helped to sharpen my football skills. Maybe after this I'll be able to make a career in the Nepali league back home."
"Football is an opportunity for us to display our skills in something we are good at outside of work. A good game gives not just happiness, but also pride. The facilities provided when we are not at work help with this."