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Qatar Bans Contractors Leaving Country

Under than ban, "owners of companies, contractors and consulting engineers" would be banned from traveling abroad until the end of an investigation.

Thu December 03, 2015 - National Edition
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Qatar has seen a boom in construction, some derided as shoddy, ahead of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Qatar has seen a boom in construction, some derided as shoddy, ahead of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Qatar has banned contractors from leaving the small, oil-rich country as it carries out a probe into how heavy rains damaged buildings and roadways.

An article late Friday on the state-run Qatar News Agency announced the travel ban. It said ”owners of companies, contractors and consulting engineers’ would be banned from traveling abroad until the end of the probe.

A year’s worth of rain on Wednesday deluged Doha’s Hamad International Airport, the home of Qatar Airways, pouring through at least one part of the roof. The airport cost at least $15 billion to build.

Rainwater also flooded streets and shut down some stores in Doha.

Qatar has seen a boom in construction, some derided as shoddy, ahead of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.