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26 Mar 2020

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Migrant Workers at Risk: Trends in Gulf Construction 2018-2019

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Construction across the [Gulf] has been driven by a growing tourist industry and preparations for mega-international events in several countries... Between January 2018 and December 2019, 594 construction contracts were awarded, with a total value of $USD 118.9bn. 82% of the contract value went to international companies...

89 new construction projects awarded work to companies that have failed to disclose how they protect migrant workers... 61 companies who had previously been accused of human rights abuses also won contracts... [13 were] accused of labour rights abuse in the Gulf...

7 companies awarded contracts for renewable energy were involved in allegations of human rights abuse.