The Ministry of Economy and Commerce charged for violations in its surprise inspection campaign which targeted restaurants and traditional outlets across Qatar. The campaign aimed at monitoring the compliance of suppliers with their obligation under Law No. 8 of 2008 on Consumer Protection.
The campaign was within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities, crack down on price manipulation and uncover violations in a bid to protect consumer rights.
Around 51 restaurants and traditional outlets were raided, in which 3 outlets were fined for compelling clients to purchase sheep from their store as a condition to prepare Eid Al Adha feast, which represents a violation of law No.8 of 2008.
Article 10 of the Consumer Protection Law stipulates that “Suppliers shall not conceal or refrain from selling any commodity for the purpose of controlling the market price. Suppliers shall also not impose the purchase of certain quantities of a products or bundled commodities and shall refrain from charging a price higher than the advertised.”
Violations of Law No. 8 of 2008 on Consumer Protection can result in administrative closure and financial penalties ranging between QR 6,000 to one million Qatari riyals.
The ministry stressed that no violations will be tolerated and will intensify its campaign in the coming days. The violations will be referred to the ministerial decrees for further actions.
The ministry has urged consumers to report violations or submit complaints and sugesstions through the following channels:
Call Centre: 16001• Email: [email protected]•The accounts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on social networks•Twitter MEC_QATAR• Instagram MEC_QATAR•The application of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce on iPhone and Android devices MEC_QATAR.