Why Labor Rules Are Such a Big Issue in Persian Gulf: QuickTake

Governments have taken gradual steps to reduce the scope for exploitation under the so-called kafala system, and in August, Qatar became the first to guarantee foreigners a minimum wage regardless of wage or nationality.

For decades, Gulf Arab states have attracted scrutiny for migrant sponsorship rules widely criticized as abusive to the foreigners who make up large parts of their labor forces. It says it will ultimately dismantle kafala, a pledge Bahrain made in 2009 and has yet to completely

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