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Friday, 28 January 2022 7.22 AM IST

2000 Malayalees to drive buses for 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

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KOCHI: After coming to Qatar to watch the World Cup football and taking a bus to reach the Khalifa International Stadium, one might run into a driver who speaks in Malayalam.

Two thousand Malayalees will be driving vehicles for the conveyance of football fans who are coming to watch the 2022 World Cup.‌

Qatar is preparing 3,000 luxury buses for FIFA. The Qatari government insists that Indians should be driving these vehicles and that the vast majority of them should be Malayalees. The team arrived in Kochi in search of the best drivers and conducted a test approved by the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) to select the best drivers. The test will be completed tomorrow.

The test is led by Qatari traffic officials, police and the state traffic police.

English and driving skills landed the job

Malayalee will quickly understand English

They drive carefully

Many have Middle East driving licenses

Traffic theory and English proficiency tests at Angamaly Adlux Ground

Road Test at Ernakulam Chathyath Queens Walkway

Work even after reaching end of the contract

The work is on a one-and-a-half-year contract. The salary is at the government rate but the amount has not been disclosed. After a year and a half, one can exit and move on to another job in Qatar.

Buses including Scania

Must arrive in Qatar within 45 days

Work in the traffic department

Must drive buses including Scania

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