THE CONSTRUCTION AND THE FIRE PROTECTION INDUSTRY IN QATAR
Qatar has seen a breathtaking 9.7% growth in GDP over the last 5 years. Last year alone $8.2 billion was pumped into the government from the private sector meaning that there was no muster for any new taxes this year. Clearly then, Qatar is doing exceptionally well and almost independently from the Government.
This economic success, especially in the Middle East, is almost synonymous with a buzzing construction industry. As such, this economic boom is being visually represented via many current and ongoing developments. Such projects include the new $15 billion QIRP Rail development that will incorporate a huge 37 stations, a new $824 million investment in the new Mall of Qatar, Doha too is to see a new port.
These projects don’t even include the nine new stadiums and plans to renovate three that were keystones Qatar’s proposal to FIFA for the 2022 bid, which was, as we all know, successful. with these twelve venues will be divided among seven host cities: Al-Daayen, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Doha and Umm Salal.
Such rapid expansion, along with the promise of a mammoth influx for both the tourism and economy of Qatar that 2022 brings, will certainly put Qatar on the map. However, with such sudden growth comes great responsibility. With the World Cup now on the horizon, it is now more important than ever that fire standards are met and even excelled; No risks can be taken. 2012 tragic Villaggid Mall fire: The Past Must Not Be Allowed to Repeat Itself.
This is especially apparent against the backdrop of 2012 tragic Villaggid Mall fire, in Doha, where 19 people lost their lives, 13 of which were children. The importance of much more rigorous and cautious fire strategies and measures can clearly be seen in governmental behaviour who are now offering paid for fire safety courses for those in the construction industry.