Qatar to create 1.5 million new jobs ahead of 2022 World Cup

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Qatar will seek to recruit about 1.5 million foreign employees as it prepares to organize the World Cup in 2022, experts have said, supporting a previous prediction of the country’s standing committee on population.

The World Cup projects, which include the construction of several sports stadiums that will host the tournament, will create alone about one million job opportunities, adding to employment opportunities to be created in other sectors.

Experts say the increase in the raise of employment in Qatar will reflect positively on the economy, which continues to grow and advance in international classifications.

Matar al-Manai, a real estate expert, said, “The growth in Qatar’s job market will reflect positively on real estate, services and consumer goods as a result of population increase.”

The tiny rich Gulf state is bent on hiring from abroad about 100,000 workers during the first quarter of 2012.

Rabia al-Mahdi, an economic expert, said the increase in job opportunities was the result of the country’s construction of mega projects. “Qatar began implementing infrastructure projects and therefore will continue to create more jobs.”

Mahdi said he expects most of employment opportunities to be in the private sector and that it targets in particular construction worker, engineers, operators of machinery used in construction sites, as well as administrators.