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Phase one of Workers Sports Complex unveiled at Al Khor

The first phase of workers sports complex opened at Al Khor Industrial Area yesterday.

The project aims to offer sports and entertainment amenities to about 160,000 expat workers in Al Khor and neighbouring areas.

The complex is one of the several entertainment cities and complexes built for labourers across various parts of the country. The project is implemented by Barwa, together with Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Qatar Foundation and Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

The facility was unveiled by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, H E Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al Khulafi. The opening ceremony also involved participation of Eng. Abdallah Abdul Aziz Al Subai, the Executive Chairman of Barwa Group, other dignitaries and workers.

Built across 245,000 sqm, the project includes four cricket grounds, four basketball courts and three volleyball courts. The floodlit grounds are suitable for day and night use. Al Khor, Dakhira and neighbouring areas have about 160,000 workers and the project is likely to serve them, although a nominal fee will be imposed for use of sports facilities.

The complex also has 35 outlets offering other amenities like money exchanges, internet cafes, telephone shops, barber shops, restaurants, cafeterias, offices of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, supermarkets, toilets and a Mosque.

The first phase of the project was completed in a short span of 111 days, Al Subai pointed out. He further said that the project came in time to offer services to workers of the area. Workers will be charged a nominal fee for use of the facilities. This is a non-profitable project, but fee is intended to meet operational and organisational costs to make it run by itself.

The second phase of the project will include installation of five big-screen cinemas, apart from other amenities like waiting rooms. Employees of Qatar Foundation too would use the facilities periodically. A schedule would be maintained to avoid overcrowding, the official said.

Earlier, Barwa had launched ‘Barwa Al Baraha’ at Doha Industrial Area, an integrated city for labourers comprising residential complexes and other amenities, with huge parking facility.

Posted on 11/2/2014

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