The Migrant Worker Initiative (MWI) – Unskilled Labor and the 2022 World Cup

Project Background In 2012, Abraham Kamarck was commissioned by the Qatar Foundation (QF) Center of Design Innovation (CoDI) (under QF Capital Projects) to assess the viability and value of the Migrant Worker Initiative (MWI) – a holistic project that was started by CoDI to focus on improving the quality of life and welfare of the migrant worker community in Qatar. Asked to asses the commercial viability, economic impact and legacy of sustainable living communities, in particular, a sub project of the holistic initiative that was commissioned as a pre-feasibility study by QF for a 40,000 person worker city and to work in conjunction with Arup, design consultant, and Kellog Brown and Root (KBR), the project manager. Abraham advised QF, Arup and KBR during the length of the pre-feasibility study on the economics of the situation and financial viability of the proposed project. The resulting report was an Opinion of Value that looked at the commercial viability, valuation and, more importantly, the social and greater economic returns on investment.   Case Study The Opinion of Value document was over 60 pages, including graphs and financial reports, the following is a brief summary of some of the general findings that are fit for publication. Qatar is spending more than any other nation has ever spent to host an athletic event. The total value of the construction projects planned for the preparation of the World Cup is predicted to be between US $100 and 220 billion dollars. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa went off without any significant hitches and exposed the world to the beauty and passion of Africa. It was expensive, coming in at a total cost of $3.5B. In 2022...