Air-con stadium opens as worker abuse continues


It saw Qatar's first national competition triumph in the the 1992 Gulf Cup as well as being the venue in which Saudi Arabia qualified for their first ever FIFA World Cup in 1994.

"We are pleased to announce that Khalifa International Stadium will host the final of the 2017 Emir Cup between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd on Friday evening", said Qatar FA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani.

The file photo shows a foreign worker climbing scaffolding at a stadium being built for the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

An Indian migrant who fell unconscious near the stadium, where he worked, died in hospital on Thursday from a cardiac arrest.

According to Amnesty International, migrant workers on Qatar World Cup 2022 construction sites continue to suffer abuse and exploitation, as the country's flagship football venue hosts the first match since its redevelopment. While the statement offers condolence and words of sympathy to the family of the deceased, the Committee has refuted any possible connection between the working conditions of the employees and their subsequent deaths.

According to the report, their partnership with a university to improve nutrition amongst workers is also a step towards ensuring their well-being.

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"With hundreds of thousands more people being recruited to build and service at least seven more World Cup stadiums, along with the infrastructure to support the tournament, many more migrant workers are at serious risk over the next five years".

Having hired labour from India, Nepal and Bangladesh for the $200 billion project, the government has faced criticism from several human rights groups for the harsh working environment, claiming that the workers live without provisions, proper access to water or shelter from the sun.

Click through the gallery above to see images of the completed Khalifa International Stadium.

Autopsies and post-mortems on people who die sudden and unexpected deaths are forbidden by Qatari law unless a crime is suspected.

In a March 2016 report called "The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game: Exploitation of Migrant Workers on a Qatar 2022 site", Amnesty highlighted how migrant workers were exploited at the Khalifa Stadium.