Al Alawi, who is driving labour reforms in Bahrain, added that even though 50 percent of projects in the region had come to a halt due to the slowdown, the number of foreign workers had not decline at the same rate.
"But this is not accompanied by a decline in the number of foreign workers. Whoever thinks this foreign manpower in the region comes for a project and leaves on its completion is wrong," he said.
He added: "This way countries were lost and we, in the Gulf, are facing the same threat. If this is not happening now, it will happen in the next generation."