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AmCham Qatar Distinguished Speaker Series: Migrant Rights.Org

January 27 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 pm

QAR100 – QAR200
Migrant RightsOrg

Domestic and Facilities Management Workers: Responsible Practices at Home and at Work

The event will be led by Vani Saraswathi, Associate Editor and Director of Projects at and her team. Saraswathi is the author of Stories of Origin: The Invisible Lives of Migrants in the Gulf, where she reports on the experiences of migrants and families in their home countries. She publishes reports for the organisation and leads the grassroots advocacy efforts, especially in Qatar and Kuwait.

The Domestic Employment Law was first introduced as Qatar Law No 15 of 22 August 2017. In October 2019, Qatar announced further reforms to the labour law and the Kafala system.

Implementing these significant reforms will only be truly effective when new norms are internalised by all stakeholders: law enforcement, businesses, individual employers, and the workers themselves. This session will be comprised of a short presentation followed by an interactive discussion facilitated by the team.

Topic One: Employers of Domestic Workers

Many individuals moving to Qatar may find themselves, for the first time, hiring domestic help either as a live-in or through cleaning companies. In addition, working expatriates who want to hire a domestic worker must obtain a letter of no objection from their employer.

Additional takeaways for attendees include a copy of the ‘Guide to Employing Domestic Workers’ and ‘Guide for Domestic Workers’ (both approved by MADLSA) and a checklist to help identify red flags when hiring through cleaning companies.

Topic Two: Subcontracted Facilities Management Workers

Many large organisations choose to subcontract facility services instead of hiring directly. These jobs include cleaning, hospitality, security and transportation. These are the workers who have likely paid high recruitment fees (despite these fees being illegal as per Qatar laws) in their home countries, and are brought in without a clear idea as to the type or terms of work. Subcontracted workers may work in the same space as direct employees, but their conditions of employment are often far worse. The deeper the degree of sub-contracting, the lesser the oversight and greater the exploitation.

By paying attention to the tendering process and putting small measures in place after award of the contract, an organisation can minimise exploitation of contracted staff.

Additional takeaways for attendees include a facilities management checklist (based on Qatari labour law and QF Standards) and a multi-lingual ‘Know Your Rights’ pamphlet. Click here to learn more about


Networking and Light Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9 am
Presentation with Q&A: 9 am – 11 am
Closing Comments and Networking: 11 am – 11:30 am

Registration Details

✓ AmCham Qatar company membership and individual members, free of charge.
✓ American Women’s Association members, QAR100. They need to show their membership card at registration.
✓ Non-Members, QAR200. Cash or company check payment accepted.
✓ No media allowed without prior approval from Lisa Saad, Executive Director of AmCham Qatar.

✓ Register through this link

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