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German buyers invited to Visit Qatar at IMEX Frankfurt

April 21, 2016

German buyers invited to Visit Qatar at IMEX Frankfurt

Qatar Tourism Authority to host buyers’ breakfast, in advance of familiarisation trip to destination

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) will be exhibiting alongside 15 partners at IMEX Frankfurt this week, showcasing a full range of hotels, DMCs, event management companies, and state-of-the-art venues, including Qatar National Convention Centre and the recently opened Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.

QTA will be hosting a buyers’ breakfast at the global event, in advance of a familiarisation trip to Qatar in the fall of 2016. Corporate meetings and conference organisers, as well as representatives of associations will be invited to visit the country’s world-class venues and facilities, and attend match-making sessions with the relevant local industry representatives.

Qatar is a rapidly growing hub for education, sport, research, and healthcare, as well as oil & gas. With Qatar Foundation’s Education City hosting branch campuses of 8 international universities, and the cutting-edge Qatar Science & Technology Park, the country offers eye-opening experiences for conference attendees of any background, both inside and beyond the walls of its venues.

Business visitors to Qatar also benefit from unique cultural experiences, courtesy of landmarks such as the Museum of Islamic Art, which houses collections of masterpieces spanning 1,400 years of history.

In 2015, nearly 40,000 people from Germany visited Qatar. The visits come as Qatar steps up efforts to target German-speaking European markets, setting up a representative office in Berlin in early 2015.

A substantial number of visitors to Qatar are business tourists, attending a vast spectrum of events staged annually. Qatar’s tourism strategy seeks to triple the number of business events tourists by 2030, contributing at least half of the country’s revenue from tourism spending. In November 2015 QTA launched the Qatar Business Events brand, consolidating the image and promotional efforts of stakeholders in Qatar’s business events sector.

Find Qatar Tourism Authority at Stand D620, IMEX Frankfurt, 19-21 April 2016.

Qatar migrant workers ‘treated like animals’ – Amnesty

November 18, 2013

Qatar migrant workers ‘treated like animals‘ – Amnesty

Qatar’s construction sector is rife with abuse, Amnesty International (AI) has said in a report published as work begins on Fifa World Cup 2022 stadiums.

Amnesty says migrant workers are often subjected to non-payment of wages, dangerous working conditions and squalid accommodation.

The rights group said one manager had referred to workers as “animals”.

Qatari officials have said conditions will be suitable for those involved in construction of World Cup facilities.

It has not yet commented on the latest report.

Amnesty said it conducted interviews with 210 workers, employers and government officials for its report, The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup.

The report includes testimony from Nepalese workers employed by a company delivering supplies to a construction project associated with the planned Fifa headquarters.

The workers said they were “treated like cattle”, working up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week, including during Qatar’s hot summer months.

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Amnesty said some of the abuses amounted to “forced labour”.

Some migrant workers were threatened with penalty fines, deportation or loss of income if they did not show up to work even though they were not being paid, Amnesty said.

More than 1,000 people were admitted to the trauma unit at Doha’s main hospital in 2012 having fallen from height at work, Amnesty said, citing an unnamed hospital representative.

Some 10% were disabled as a result and the mortality rate was “significant”, AI said.

“It is simply inexcusable in one of the richest countries in the world, that so many migrant workers are being ruthlessly exploited, deprived of their pay and left struggling to survive,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s secretary general.

“Our findings indicate an alarming level of exploitation.

“Fifa has a duty to send a strong public message that it will not tolerate human rights abuses on construction projects related to the World Cup.”

It follows a report by the UK’s Guardian newspaper in September, which likened workers’ conditions to “modern-day slavery“.

The Guardian investigation drew a strong response from the world professional footballers’ association Fifpro, which collaborates with the Uni Global Union, the voice of 20 million service sector workers.

Qatar must protect the rights of the workers who are to deliver the 2022 World Cup, it said.

FifPro board member Brendan Schwab said it was “inexcusable for workers’ lives to be sacrificed, especially given modern health and safety practices in the construction industry”.

Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24980013


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