An inspection campaign conducted by representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) in August resulted in seizure and issue of 91 violations.
The violations ranged from failing to advertise prices, not placing cards on discounted goods explaining the price before and after the reduction, not showing service information, features and specialties, and not advertising prices in Arabic. Last updated: September 06 2018 12:28 AM
The inspectors also found violations that included charging a price higher than the advertised price and not issuing invoices.
The penalties included administrative closure and fines varying between QR5,000 and QR30,000 according to the laws and decisions governing the work of consumer protection departments.
The inspections are part of the ministry's keenness to regulate and monitor the markets and commercial activities in the country with the aim of controlling prices and detecting violations to protect consumer rights.
The ministry confirmed it will be firm against all those negligent and not complying with the consumer protection law and its executive regulations. It also confirmed it will intensify its inspection campaigns to control such practices and refer all violators to the concerned entities to take the appropriate measures against them to protect the consumer.
The ministry called on all consumers to report any violations to the ministry.