At today’s MEED Qatar Projects 2014 Conference, Global Building Solutions (GBS), a master real-estate developer with extensive experience in the Middle East, announced it is teaming with Qatar-based partners to rapidly develop high-quality Workers’ Accommodation Villages. These Villages will operate under the brand name DARUNA (“Our House”) and will comply with International and Qatari Standards, including Qatar Foundation’s Mandatory Standards for Migrant Workers’ Welfare (2013).
Doha, Qatar., March 17, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) -At today’s MEED Qatar Projects 2014 Conference, Global Building Solutions (GBS), a master real-estate developer with extensive experience in the Middle East, announced it is teaming with Qatar-based partners to rapidly develop high-quality Workers’ Accommodation Villages. These Villages will operate under the brand name DARUNA (“Our House”) and will comply with International and Qatari Standards, including Qatar Foundation’s Mandatory Standards for Migrant Workers’ Welfare (2013).
In cooperation with the Government of the State of Qatar, Qatar Foundation, the Supreme Committee for Development and Legacy, and FIFA, DARUNA will be an end-to-end Designer-Builder-Owner and Operator providing a vital price competitive labor solution. DARUNA also has contracted with a world class operating company to provide catering, transportation, maintenance and laundry services for all DARUNA Villages. This turnkey approach gives DARUNA customers a competitive labor advantage, both in bidding and executing their core business contracts in Qatar. DARUNA customers will be able to protect their corporate reputations and leverage their marketing advantage by operating in full compliance with Qatari and International Standards.
DARUNA is securing a number of sites across Qatar on which it is preparing to build Workers’ Villages. The Villages will accommodate the ever growing semi-skilled and unskilled workforce needed to help deliver every infrastructure requirement of Qatar’s World Cup and 2030 National Vision, from rail and roads to hotels and iconic stadiums.
Qatar Foundation’s “Mandatory Standards for Migrant Workers’ Welfare” (published 2013) is DARUNA’s blue-print for guaranteeing an environment that is not only pleasant to live in, but also dignified, safe, and healthful. This Qatar Foundation document advocates strict minimum design and operating criteria ranging from mandatory minimum space for living, washing and storage space per person, to catering, retail, recreational and medical facilities, to outdoor open spaces. DARUNA, with its unique turnkey total solution, is in a unique position within the market to guarantee full compliance with Qatar Foundation standards and Qatari government regulations. DARUNA’s approach reassures the companies that rent accommodation space from DARUNA will be in compliance.
DARUNA Phase 1 village has pre-sold; however, an additional 5,000 bed Phase 2 is available for development. DARUNA expects to deliver thousands of beds per month from as early as the fourth quarter of 2014 on DARUNA or client supplied properties within Qatar.
Dr. Joseph LeBaron, former US Ambassador to Qatar and DARUNA Brand Chairman stated ”….we are proud to be working with a visionary local Sponsor to deliver modern, clean and healthful Workers’ Villages in Qatar. We are committed to the guidelines provided by Qatar’s Government and Qatar Foundation for the construction and operation of workers’ accommodations. DARUNA is proud to bring the first commercially compliant solution to the marketplace.”
Michael P Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Global Building Solutions commented “ … the DARUNA value proposition is that we will build and operate the facilities at our cost, and will simply rent them out on a contract basis. We are also seeking to provide the market with an insurance-backed guarantee that our facilities will meet both Qatar Foundation and International standards – giving clients secure peace of mind. We are unique in the market and will be offering the best facilities at zero capital cost to their users.”
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