Ministry of Commerce and Industry closes 51 outlets across Qatar

March 12, 2022
Due to non-compliance with principles and controls regarding price increases

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the closure of 51 commercial outlets in various regions across Qatar, includingrestaurants, food kitchens, food and consumer stores, and cafes. The closures are due to non-compliance with the principles and controls regarding price increases. The violating commercial outlets have increased their prices on the platforms of delivery companies compared to the prices recorded in the price lists of their stores.

The closure periods ranged between one week, two weeks, and one month, based on the rate ofthe price increase. This comes as part of the intensive inspection campaigns carried out by the Ministry to monitor markets and commercial activities in the country, in efforts to controlprices and uncover abuses, as well as crack down on fraudulent, counterfeit, and non-conforming goods.

The Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Centre: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR