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Qatar’s Asian Town built upon racism

Qatar migrant workers
Migrant workers in Qatar
Asian Town in Qatar, which Doha says is designed to meet the needs of about 2 million Asian laborers working on constructing the 2022 World Cup facilities, is built upon racism, according to a report published Tuesday by The Guardian.

Things in Qatar’s Asian Town look as normal as any other place in the Gulf country, but it is simply part of the strategy to isolate Asian workers from the rest of the population in a very racist way.

While there are various services and facilities, including a huge shopping mall, gymnasiums and a square, there are no Qataris or high-end shops. Instead of setting up a football field in a country expected to host the World Cup, the city boasts a cricket stadium, which is the only one in Qatar.

According to observers, these developments are not a real attempt at improving the treatment of migrant workers, who make up 95 percent of Qatar’s labor force, but part of a systematic strategy to isolate them.

The recently opened Asian Town is located in the heart of the largest labor camp in Qatar on the outskirts of the capital city Doha. It is packed with evening traffic as thousands of young workers leave their dormitories, which stretch kilometers into the desert.

Zoning laws in Doha essentially prohibit migrant workers from living in the capital, forcing them to live in distant labor camps.