However, that means that some 200,000 residents of 1.7 million eligible individuals are still not covered by the WPS, more than seven months after the law made it mandatory for employers to use to program.
Witnesses told Doha News that between 200 and 400 men stopped working at approximately 7am on Saturday. While most described the incident as a peaceful protest, others said some individuals aggressively confronted their supervisors.
Qatar's Emir approved the system on Feb. 18, but the six-month grace period began after the amendment was published in the Official Gazette on April 2. Beyond that, firms have been given an additional month after October to comply, a lawyer said.