How hotels in Qatar & the UAE are failing migrant workers

Gulf countries working to diversify their economies are investing in hospitality, with the 2020 World Expo in Dubai and 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar driving much of the regional sector’s growth. Migrant labour will be the backbone of hotels’ efforts to accommodate the influx of people visiting the region. Managed well, this can bring shared prosperity to the Gulf States, and to migrant workers and their families. invited 17 hotel companies, representing 68 hotel brands with over 200 properties across Dubai, UAE and Qatar to participate in a survey on migrant workers’ rights1. We focused on Dubai from among the other Emirates in the UAE because it will be the primary destination for guests attending the World Expo in 2020, and has received less attention than Qatar, despite the far larger audience anticipated for the Expo.

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