2018 Survey

Migrant construction workers in Qatar and the UAE: What are companies doing to end exploitation?

Construction is well-known to be a high-risk sector for labour violations, particularly for vulnerable groups like temporary migrant workers. Our recent briefing for construction companies outlines the risks to migrant workers in Qatar and the UAE and the steps companies should take to address abuses in the sector.

In view of changing labour laws in Qatar and the UAE and shifting industry trends to promote worker welfare, we are asking 50 companies with operations in Qatar and the UAE to complete an updated survey on the actions they are taking to protect migrant workers on their projects and will assess improvements in the sector since since 2016.

Survey questions

The survey consists of 22 questions covering companies' scope of operations, human rights policies and due diligence, recruitment, payment and wages, freedom of movement, living conditions, health and safety, and representation and remedy.

The questions were developed with input from Amnesty International, Building and Wood Workers' International, Engineers Against Poverty, Equidem, Humanity United, ILO FAIRWAY Project, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Migrant-Rights.Org, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, Solidarity Center, Verité, and the following academics, human rights advocates and independent consultants: Andy Hall, Claire Falconer, Nicholas McGeehan, and Ray Jureidini. It should be noted that contributions to the questionnaire do not constitute endorsement.

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We selected companies to survey based on: which firms were awarded new contracts in 2017; previous survey respondents; companies contracted to work on projects associated with the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and World Expo 2020 in Dubai.



Muhibbah Engineering

Al Balagh Trading & Contracting

Consolidated Contractors Co.


Al Futtaim Carillion

Daewoo E&C


Al Jaber Group

Dutco Balfour Beatty


Al Naboodah Construction Group


QD-SBG Construction


Galfar Al Misnad

Salini Impregilo


Ghantoot Gulf Contracting

Shapoorji Pallonji

Arabian Construction Co.

Habtoor Leighton Group

TAV Construction


HBK Contracting

Tekfen Construction

Bam International

Hyundai E&C

Teyseer Contracting

Belhasa International


Trojan General Contracting



United Engineering Construction

Bin Omran Trading and Contracting Co.

Joannou and Paraskevaides (J&P)




Wade Adams

China Harbour Engineering Corporation

Laing O’Rourke

Yapi Merkezi Insaat

China Railway Construction Corporation Limited

Larsen and Toubro


China State Construction Engineering Co.