The Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel has risen like a fairytale palace from the manmade island on the exclusive stretch of coastline of Qatar. Even by the standards of world’s richest country, it is going to ooze opulence and excess. The car parks of the hotel are lined with Rolls Royce and Ferraris. This is a twenty meter chandelier that hangs glittering in the marble-lined lobby and royal suite costs £12,000 a night.
The hotel had opened in the year 2015 is popular with the elite of Qatar who gathers during the weekends for enjoying the lavish rooms and also the beachfront location. Nonetheless, the life is quite different for women and men who guard the cars, manicure the lawns, and clean the rooms.
These people come from the poorest part of the world, east and West Africa, south Asia, and Philippines but they have paid large recruitment fees as high as £3,160 in order to work there. By paying the fees to the recruitment agent for securing the job at Qatar is a widespread practice. However, it leaves the worker vulnerable to forced labor and debt bondage. The security guards have to serve a 12 hour shift outdoors in the atmosphere which can top 45C but they only earn a little more than
£8 per day. This is the price of a fresh juice at this hotel.
Some of the workers have said that they have worked for 3-4 months without a day off but are five day’s pay if they are caught to sleep on order. Interview with about 19 staff reveal several allegations of breaches of the labor laws of Qatar which includes the salaries below minimum wage. The findings show for the first time that the exploitation of the constructions workers in Qatar extending to the hospitality sector.