Now Qataris are Outraged about Poor Treatment of Maids But for all the WRONG REASONS!

Residents of Qatar are outraged over media reports that 30 Saudi women have had to work in the same “humiliating” conditions that were formerly deemed acceptable only for foreign migrant workers.

The women, ages 20 to 45, arrived in Qatar to be placed with families as maids, earning about $400 per month, slightly more than their mostly Asian and African counterparts.

One maids agency told newspapers that the demand for Saudi women had gone up sharply due to widespread fears that foreign maids practiced magic.


MENAFN went on to report that even more Saudi women had applied to work in Qatar.

Although Saudi Arabia projects an image of opulent prosperity, problems such as poverty, illiteracy and high unemployment rates persist. The video above is an excerpt from a report on poverty in Saudi Arabia by satellite news channel Al Arabiya.

But the thought of Saudi women working as servants for families in neighboring Qatar has struck a raw nerve in conservative Saudi Arabia, where women are often the legal wards of their male relatives. Their protection and well-being are a sensitive matter of family honor.

Qatari psychologist Moza Al Malki told MENAFN he was disappointed that Saudi women were working as maids at a time of economic prosperity for the oil-rich Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia, which has the biggest oil reserves in the world.

"It breaks my heart to know that Saudi women are venturing out to get involved in such a pursuit," he said. "The women will be exposed to all kinds of humiliation."

Still, domestic workers from Asia and Africa have endured similar conditions for years. Qatar, like most Gulf states, is regularly criticized by human-rights organizations and the international media for its treatment of foreign labor, especially domestic workers, who are often treated as virtual slaves by employers who withhold their passports and deny them wages and time off.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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GCC not as rich as perceived

Total annual budget of Saudi Arabia for 2010 was US $144 Bn - peanuts!

Population - growing like rabbits. Down played by the goverment for political reasons. I have seen it with my own eyes (aerial view), bedouin tents stretched for hundreds of miles.

Education - hardly any for the very poor masses

Non-recognition of very large groups of people as Saudi Citizens (political resaons) like Hindawis (off-spring of African slaves brought in the 19th century or earlier)

SAUDI BLUE COLLAR WORKERS ARE PAID LESS THAN THE INDIANS, BANGALIS, NEPALIS, SRI LANKANS !