DOHA, Qatar — On the outskirts of Qatar’s capital and miles away from the Stadions the Sheen of the World CupIn a fenced-off parking area, thousands of nation builders met. Asian Town, located between a mall & a cricket stadium.
They represented a mix of migrant workers, mostly men, who were crowding. to Watch Qatar Open the World CupCheering on a country that does recognize them.
They pointed their phones cameras at a huge video screen using their smartphones. to Record the Opening ceremony, knowing that they had played an important part the show.
When kickoff approached, thousands of people squeezed themselves into the The narrow gates of the 13,000-seat stadium for cricket with enough energy to Make security guards anxious. As those funnels became empty, thousands of people continued to pour into them. the fan zone and then into the stadium, excited to They should find a vantage position from which they can view another big screen. the action.
“I’ve been living here for eight years, and this feels like home,” Al Amin, a 29-year-old chef at a vegetarian restaurant who sends 60% of his wages home, said to He was with his father in Bangladesh. He stated that he was rooting for Qatar where he plans to vote. to Live and to You must work at least one more year.
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Qatar is home to many of these migrants, mostly from faraway places. They are mostly low-wage workers who have helped build a country and an economic system. the rich. Qatar has approximately 300,000. This is a country with three million people. to 90% the Population is from elsewhere. Many migrants are from South Asia, particularly India and Nepal. There is very little chance for anyone outside of these countries to become citizens.
There is so much to be thankful for the Arguments against holding the World Cup They have received a Qatari passport. These points have been relegated to shorthand — migrants pulled like magnetic filings from poorer places to Do the The building trades are a tedious, low-paying, and sometimes even deadly job. the Infrastructure for wealth and sports, and how to keep it going. It It is not a system that is completely different from other systems around. the This is the world that sees the Migrant worker considered disposable, if it even sees them, and unworthy to equal rights.
They made some noise at a fan zone 45 minutes away from Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, where Qatar made their debut. World Cup debut.
They cheered the kickoff, groaned at Ecuador’s early goal and cheered more when a video assistant refereeing decision erased it.
In the In the middle of it all they had a lot of fun with their friends and coworkers. They called home via FaceTime. They pointed their cameras at the Taken selfies on a large screen
Unlike the fans crowding the They were mainly unadorned with team jerseys or other fandom totems in tourist areas of Doha. But a few Qatar jerseys freckled the crowd.
It They came in a very telling way. to Be a part of it. It It was also quite telling that they were there, fenced away the Action and the Tourists the Qataris, hidden in the Shadows of a parking garage
Many migrant workers are located far away from their homes. the The city’s center is a beautiful place for foreign visitors to gather. the Wealth and the air conditioning, and the locations where towers sprout in close proximity the Persian Gulf like glass stalks, glistening in the Unstoppable sun, or shining like neon crayons at nights
Migrant workers are most often flung to the Doha is located in the sandy outskirts. It’s surrounded by dusty islands, which are divided largely according to race or nationality. There are hundreds of thousands of them. the Grim streets in the vicinity Asian In large housing areas, town is glumly called the Industrial Area.
Recent years have seen a lot of discussion about the slow progress made in Qatar for migrant workers. Since 2021 the No matter what, the minimum wage for Qatari citizens was set at 1,000 Qataririyals per month. That’s about $275. the Job or the The nationality the worker.
Mohommad Faizan (29), has been living in Qatar for almost four years as an air-conditioning technician. He sends money home to He has yet to meet his wife in Sri Lanka. He is planning to move there. to You can still work in Qatar for a few years to Pay for a home back home
“I root for Qatar,” He stated, “because my life is going on here now.”