A total of 112 fines were issued by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) in its inspection campaign last month. The inspection is carried out to monitor markets and commercial activities in a bid to crack down on price manipulation and to protect consumer rights.
The violations included missing price tags, false or misleading product descriptions, issuing incomplete invoices, failure to display prices in Arabic, failing to display all data pertaining to the service; failing to comply with the declared bulletin of vegetables and fruits prices; and failing to issue invoices.
The penalties ranged from administrative closures to fines between QR5,000 and QR30,000. The ministry also received 1051 complaints and took steps to resolve them. The violations will be referred to concerned authorities to take further actions.
It also urged consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department through the following channels: Hotline: 16001, e-mail: [email protected], Twitter: @MEC_Qatar, Instagram: MEC_Qatar, MEC mobile app for Android and IOS: MEC_Qatar.