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By FAZEENA SALEEM
DOHA: Although they constitute a third of the country’s population, low-income single workers say they feel isolated, particularly during long Eid holidays.
A number of foreign single workers told this newspaper yesterday that whenever they get into a public place, whether a shopping centre or a park, they are looked down upon by families. And that leaves them with a bitter feeling. Talking about how difficult it’s for them to celebrate Eid Al Adha holidays, they added that they preferred alternative or separate entertainment venues for them.
Even though some places are not prohibited for them, these workers say they avoid venturing into these venues since they are looked down upon by families.
Low income workers prefer to visit places like beaches and public parks as no or little expenses are involved, but most such places are frequented by families during holidays and single workers are not welcome.
“The authorities should demarcate areas on a beach or in a park for single workers and families so that there is no mingling and we can enjoy without facing uncomfortable situations,” said a single worker, who didn’t want to be identified.
“We can’t afford to go to a mall due to our low income. So we are left with the only option of visiting beaches or parks,” said a driver working for a construction company.
“It will be appreciated if an alternative arrangement like a separate area is allocated for people like us,” he added.
On several occasions, single workers have been restricted from entering places where families gather. Some say they have even experienced difficult situations due to the attitude of families.
“It’s very common for families here to be snobbish as soon as they see bachelors. Once we were asked to move from one place to another by a family,” said Mohamed Reeza, an expatriate who works as a quantity surveyor.
“It’s not a problem only for low income workers, but it’s a problem for all expatriate workers who live here single. We have only few places to go to in Doha, and therefore it would be better if there are separate areas for bachelors at the beaches and in public parks for everyone’s convenience,” he added.
“We respect the culture and sentiments of people. But we also need entertainment and fun,” he added.