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Portfolio - Far From Home - Guest workers of the Gulf (53 image edit)
Jonas Bendiksen
This story explores the world of guest workers in the arab Gulf oil states such as United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait. While marketing itself as luxury playgrounds of tourism and business, close to 90% of UAE and Qatar's population are foreign workers. Most of these workers come from far poorer nations such as India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Nepal, and the workers often endure very difficult employment and living conditions. Many of the workers take up big loans in their home countries in order to get to the middle east but then struggle to pay the debt in order to gain any profits. Oftentimes...

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. 2012. Jumeirah beach. On the northern...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. With the world's tallest skyscraper...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. A Filipino woman handles the...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2013. At the Ritz Carlton 5 star...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. Two Nepali guest workers show...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2013. Outside the Dubai Mall, yellow-clad...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2013. Always trying to break new...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. A Filipino or Indonesian housemaid...
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QATAR. 2012. Nepali laborers washing camels at a race track....
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. Foreign construction workers...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. Foreign construction worker...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. In the building development...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. Tired South Asian workers...
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QATAR. 2012. A man carries a fish past workers dormatories provided...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. On a Friday, the only day...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. In Sonapur labor camp, laborers...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Sharjah. 2012. Laborers relaxing on a Friday,...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. On Fridays, the one day off...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. A dozen Indian migrant workers...
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QATAR. 2012. Al Samaar gardens. Two hours drive outside of Doha,...
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QATAR. 2012. Al Samaar gardens. Two hours drive outside of Doha,...
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QATAR. 2012. Al Samaar gardens. Two hours drive outside of Doha,...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. Foreign construction workers...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. Bangladeshi street cleaner...
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QATAR. 2012. At The Pearl, Nepalese workers put the finishing...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. On Fridays, the one day off...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. South Asian muslim workers...
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QATAR. Doha. 2012. Nepali guest workers gather in whatever green...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. On Fridays, the one day off...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. With single men far outnumbering...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. With single men far outnumbering...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. With single men far outnumbering...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. South Asian workers in the...
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QATAR. Doha. 2012. South Asian laborers gather at a Western Union...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. 2012. A Bangladeshi worker hold...
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PHILIPPINES. Manila. 2013. Two sisters greet eachother with tears...
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PHILIPPINES. Bacoor, Cavite. 2013. Real estate advertising billboard...
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PHILIPPINES. Bacoor, Cavite. 2013. New property developments...
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PHILIPPINES. Manila. 2013. On Mabini street, in Ermita, the hub...
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PHILIPPINES. Manila. 2013. A crowded classroom where young women...
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PHILIPPINES. Manila. 2013. A classroom where young women train...
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PHILIPPINES. Manila. 2013. Classes training housemaids for work...
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PHILIPPINES. Manila. 2013. A crowded classroom where young women...
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PHILIPPINES. Manila. 2013. At a recruitment agency, women pitch...
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KUWAIT. Kuwait City. 2012. Maids from the Phillipines wait for...
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PHILIPPINES. Manila. 2013. Karen Tanedo, on only her third visit...
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KUWAIT. Kuwait City. 2012. Maids from the Phillipines wake up...
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KUWAIT. Kuwait City. 2012. Maids from the Phillipines being taken...
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