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Qatar races to ready luxury rooms for World Cup

Hundreds of migrants are labouring inside the 211 metre (696 feet) high Katara Towers, dramatically shaped like intertwined scimitar swords, where VIP guests of world football's governing body FIFA will stay during the tournament. The wealthiest will pay thousands of dollars a night for rooms with marble wine cellars and a lobby with one of the world's biggest chandeliers.

Yet mountains of sand sit on the steps and some of the smoked glass windows are yet to be installed at this landmark on the Lusail seafront close to the stadium that will host the final. "Everyone is working around the clock," said one engineer on the project, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"It will be touch and go whether everything is installed to suit people paying so much," this expert told 'AFP'.  

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