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Fresh chicken a scarce commodity in Qatar again

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Fresh chicken is apparently once again in high demand and short supply in Qatar, with residents reporting that they haven’t seen poultry on supermarket shelves in days.

Employees at Carrefour, Lulu, Family Food Center and other stores in Qatar said they have either not received shipments of fresh chicken over the past couple days, or sold out very quickly.

Watania chicken
Watania chicken

Most of the poultry sold in Qatar – both fresh and frozen – is imported, as domestic supplies are too low to meet growing demand.

Because of this, the availability of stock is more susceptible to outside forces. However, it is unclear as to why chicken has been in short supply lately.

The Peninsula reports traders as saying there may have been supply disruptions.

Speaking to Doha News, an employee at Monoprix said that the store did not receive shipments of either imported or domestic poultry this morning.

And an employee at Family Food Center said that the store on Nasser St. received a small shipment this morning, but it was sold very quickly. He added that more might be available tomorrow morning.

Shoring up supply

This is not the first time that Qatar has seen a fresh chicken shortage.

Two years ago, Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary ban on the export of all poultry products. The move was an effort to supply its own domestic markets and stabilize prices.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

To make up for the shortfall at the time, Qatar began importing chicken from Bulgaria.

But this year, the government has signaled intentions to establish a new chicken farm complex that would nearly quadruple the amount of poultry produced here.

The facility would be partly funded by the private sectors, and investors have apparently already committed some QR750 million ($206 million), with an IPO possible by next year.

Have you had trouble finding fresh chicken in Qatar lately? Thoughts?

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Huzz
Huzz
5 years ago

A reminder of how vulnerable we really are here.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

yes we have to live with threats like, Iran, ISIS and chicken shortages

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

What about ISIS attacking us with chickens backed by Iranian goats? Will those patriot missiles protect us?

Whatever
Whatever
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Your embassy should protect you.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

I reckon the Qataris are secretly keeping all the chickens for themselves, to make the chicken loving expats leave.

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  MIMH

LOL

SGN
SGN
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You should realize how dangerous such comments can be. In the name humour you have actually vilified a people. This is really no different to forms of racism, sexism etc. I’m not saying that I don’t believe that Qatari society has its problems, but as a principle you should never turn to saying things of which you have no knowledge, even in jest. What you do is to block avenues of reconciliation and dialogue by continously venting frustration and anger. This is counter productive to Qatar as a whole ad the world. Small jokes here little quips there can ultimately be far more dangerous than any whole sale campaign of national or international scale. It leads to stereotyping, and even if 99 out of 100 fit the stereotype then when you apply the stereotype to that one person that doesn’t fit the mold then you become the bad guy and you are the oppressor. Take the higher the road and start a new leaf. It’s difficult but God willing you can do it and you will be a much better person for it.

Cerebus
Cerebus
5 years ago
Reply to  SGN

Maybe some of the pink chickens from the Souq then?

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  SGN

Errr I’m Stereotyping Qataris as chicken hiders?

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  SGN

You know what, Qataris have a sense of humour as well. If we can’t laugh at life, then we might as well just pack it in.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  SGN

actually he’s right.. I shamelessly bought three fresh 900 grams chickens this morning 🙂

kdineshl
kdineshl
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

lol

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

And then you bought extra shares in Qatar Airways as the chicken loving expats fled the country in terror……

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I found french corn fed chicken in two C4 branches about a week ago and bought the lot. So glad I did that now.
So I’m a chicken hider too. Does that mean I can get citizenship now?

desertCard
desertCard
5 years ago
Reply to  SGN

ZZZZZZZZZZ. OK mom

KingOfKings
5 years ago
Reply to  SGN

Whatever you are inhaling must be darn good!

Cerebus
Cerebus
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Why did the chicken cross the road……wait….this is Qatar, that must have been one crazy chicken.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

to go to QDC… zing

Althani
Althani
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I thought you guys loved pork

kdineshl
kdineshl
5 years ago
Reply to  Althani

still in love, but thats not an alternative to chicken…

Althani
Althani
5 years ago
Reply to  kdineshl

love* pork

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

Food security should be made on a micro and macro level.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

you get an up vote for trying to sound smart

kdineshl
kdineshl
5 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

what is it to do with short supply of chicken?

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reply to  kdineshl

Raise your own chickens, and the gov + private sector should keep enough supply for all.

Cerebus
Cerebus
5 years ago

All of the little things, by themselves, like this one don’t really cause issues. Its when its all added together. Can’t get chicken, the traffic, no doctors, endless mountains of paperwork, lack of real options for shopping (unless you want a watch….that’s covered), exit permits, banking hassles, rude drivers, poor enforcement of the laws. When you take them all together it just diminishes the quality of life. Not just for expats but for all. For a country with the highest GDP per capita, life here is just not what it should be. A short trip to the UAE clearly shows this, hope that these things start to get fixed soon.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

i have a simple fix for your issues.. it’ll only cost you a one-way plane ticket back to your home 🙂

desertCard
desertCard
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Your answer to everything instead of fixing things.
Something tells me LoveItOrLeaveIt’s disappearance was a farce.

KingOfKings
5 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

It is the same person and I can prove it if I get 50 likes.

desertCard
desertCard
5 years ago
Reply to  KingOfKings

OH I’m pretty sure of that. Too similar in the responses to ANYTHING.

KingOfKings
5 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Yes plus the style in writing. I save every forum I contribute on for legal/anti-trust purposes with screen shots and I got plenty of proof that it is her.

Her next few contributions might have a sudden drastic change in tone and style, now that she knows she is busted. She might even pull some u-terns and try to be slick..little she knows that desertCard read her cards like a dirty poker wizard..like a sneaky thief..ownage101, nothin more nothin less.

kdineshl
kdineshl
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

what will happen if all the expats with such issues leave (outcomes other than traffic free roads, lots and lots of employment opportunities for locals, etc)?

Michael L
Michael L
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Such an unhelpful attitude … Cerebus makes a fair comment … And just telling peopke to go home when they make a reasonable comment just reinforces the declining quality of life here … Sadly an increasing number of people will take your advice, perhaps that will make you happy ?

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

your answer is the most childish ever. This is the way never to improve anything. In fact, it is the wrong answer for mediocrity!

KingOfKings
5 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

you make it sound like she is someone worth replying to 🙂

It is LoveItOrLeaveIt btw

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
5 years ago
Reply to  KingOfKings

ahhh, OK! It explains

vipul
vipul
5 years ago

To solve the problem of chicken we have to produce the chicken in qatar .
When government give the support to start the poultry farm. am ready to do that job for government to produce the chicken. Not only the chicken problem all the food problem like fish,vegetables,fruits,egg, meet,etc. will solve. To produce the stuff her. i hope that the government throaty will see this message and replay as soon as possible.
vipul
From-kerala
Mob-66294090

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  vipul

Yeah I am sure the government scans Doha News looking for offers of help.

You certainly don’t want to be growing fruit and vegetables in Qatar, they are water intensive. Better to import such things, cheaper and less damaging to the environment.

vipul
vipul
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Dear sir
Thanks for your replay

kdineshl
kdineshl
5 years ago
Reply to  vipul

lol

vipul
vipul
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

why sir in other desert country they farm fruits, vegetables the problem of water . in qatar 3 sides are water take the salt water converted good water and use it problem solve ….

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  vipul

Desalination is hugely energy intensive and destructive to the local enviroment. It takes 7 years for the water in the gulf to refresh, so guess what dumping more salts into it will do?

vipul
vipul
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Ok. then were we got the good water for the purpose of drinking & others in qatra.. then Take the salt to refresh to good salt & sold it…

Coco
Coco
5 years ago
Reply to  vipul

Please stand by we will contact you shortly to receive your business plan and details. Will you be planting the fish yourself? I feel confident already…

vipul
vipul
5 years ago
Reply to  Coco

yes sir planting the fish also possible . Sir first we construct one fish tank & put small fish into there and it will become big after few months thats the process … and that will sell… this is business

vipul
vipul
5 years ago

Imported food was not good for health & cos dies like cancer etc. when we produce food material like chicken, fish, vegetables, fruits etc for her we get good & fresh food for health &good life …..
The government throaty will take action for this problem.other ways our country cos so many dies. if the government need the people good they will provide the Felicity. If the government need me am also take part in this challenges to full fill into the good & fresh food for qatar. i hope the government will take over my words ….
vipul
vipul.ivms@gmail.com

sdfds mf
sdfds mf
5 years ago
Reply to  vipul

RIP English …

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
5 years ago

yes I have and I thought it was due to the festivities ….

Coco
Coco
5 years ago

Why not gun down some of those pigeons flying around and pooping all over the place? I’m sure they’re nowhere near as disgusting as the corpse smelling blood filled disgusting chicken sold here.

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