The Barwa Al Baraha Project in the Industrial Area and (right) one of the rooms for workers. Salim Matramkot
DOHA: The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs H E Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al Khulaifi yesterday visited Barwa Real Estate Group’s ambitious project Barwa Al Baraha in the Industrial Area.
He was accompanied by his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Abdul Salam Siddiqi in Doha on an official visit, Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, CEO of Barwa Real Estate, and his deputy Ahmad Abdulla Al Abdulla.
Project Engineer, Abdulla Hiji, gave a presentation, followed by a tour around the project for officials, guests and media persons.
Barwa Al Baraha is the largest development project Barwa is building for workers as part of its commitment to build a vibrant society where its segments live in harmony, achieved by shrinking differences and raising the standards of living for those with low income.
Barwa Al Baraha, commonly known as Labour City, offers all daily necessities. It extends over about 1.8m sqm and can accommodate 53,000 workers.
The project is being developed into two phases. The first is complete, providing Qatar’s largest truck and vehicle parking area, with 4,200 spaces. Fees for spaces will be QR15 per exit, with free spaces for the first six months. Discounts will be provided for those with monthly subscriptions. The facility is a contribution by Barwa to resolve the issue of parking in the middle of residential areas. Phase II offers workers accommodation, as it will provide 64 residential buildings, each with 130 rooms. It will also provide 16 residential buildings for junior and senior staff, each with 97 rooms.
Barwa Al Baraha is providing all basic facilities for residents, including sports facilities, a shopping mall, restaurants, a medical centre and public spaces.
”Barwa Real Estate fosters the philosophy of community integration, and has drawn guidelines according to which it selects development opportunities, illustrating an investment beyond real estate. “Barwa applies its strategic approach by studying different segments of the Qatari society and developing its business strategy accordingly,” said a statement by the real estate group. The group implements its strategy by targeting different social categories with services to address their needs. Based on that, the group has taken a new direction which identifies workers as a priority. Services and projects aimed at migrant workers do not go in parallel with the growth in their numbers, nor with the important role they play in the urban development of Qatar today.
Hence, Barwa is utilising its capabilities to focus on projects for workers, such as Al Khor Workers Sports Facilities the group launched earlier this month, sharing the ambitions of Barwa Al Baraha.