At peak of construction some 52,000 people worked on the Pearl GTL project. Contractor staff came to Qatar from more than 50 countries to build the Pearl plant. As the project moved to full production, construction workers transferred to new projects or headed back to their home countries.
Pearl Village is a vast grid-like network of streets with neat rows of temporary air-conditioned dormitories, 10 minutes’ drive from the Pearl GTL plant, but still within Ras Laffan Industrial City. From the start it had to be a fully-fledged community that made the contractors feel at home.
“It was very important for the project that we looked after the workers,” said Chuck Doherty, who was village ‘mayor’. “That meant both at work in terms of safety on the job, but also after work too.”
Pearl Village was built around a green belt known as Al Muntazah, which means ‘the park’ in Arabic. This recreation area boasts sports fields (cricket, football, basketball, baseball, tennis), an outdoor cinema, food stalls, shops, internet cafes and shaded seating areas.