According to the decree, UPDA
will be headed by a CEO with the rank of undersecretary, who will head the Human and Financial Resources Directorate, and the Studies and Strategic Planning Directorate.
However, the UPDA has not been given responsibility for the settlements and communities grown up around QP-controlled areas, such as the onshore Dukhan oilfield, Messai'eed port and Ras Laffan industrial city.
The UPDA masterplan will support Qatar's National Vision 2030, which was approved in June 2008.
As such, Filipino engineers could not register with the UPDA because all of them underwent only 10 years of basic education, and the Qatari authorities have only issued a two-year diploma equivalency for engineering degrees earned in Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs)," Baldoz continued.
Engineers and other professionals cannot work in Qatar if they are unable to register with UPDA.