Qatar plans to build new housing for 32,000 expatriate workers, aiming to improve accommodation and living conditions, according to Reuters’ Zawya.

Sean Cashin, Director at Daruna projects, said the new units were not labor camps or typical housing blocks but fully integrated projects featuring sustainable design and operations.

The project, which is to be conducted in three phases, will create a housing facility at Umm Salal Mohamed accounting for 4,000 beds in a Single Residential Facility as part of phase one which was contracted in October 2015.

Phase two is designed to provide 28,000 beds at Al Khor in an Integrated Worker Accommodation Community (IWAC) while phase three will provide another three IWACs to be tendered in early 2017.

Cashin stressed the importance of proper accommodation and worker welfare in activating the full potential of the working force.