In response to calls from the CMC and on social networks to name and shame eateries that violate Qatar’s consumer protection laws, the Ministry of Business and Trade has posted online the names of eight seafood restaurants it shuttered for deceiving customers.
The practice is a significant departure for Qatar, though calling out businesses that are shut down for non-compliance or poor service is more of an unspoken rule than a constitutional concern.
According to the Consumer Protection Department, the seafood restaurants were passing off imported white fish filets as much-pricier local hammour fish.
The temporarily closed eateries include:
- Favorite Fish Restaurant (New Mirqab)
- Quick Fishes Restaurant (Airport Area)
- Estacosa Restaurant (Bin Mahmoud)
- Little Sailor Restaurant for Sea Food (North Muaither)
- Golden Fish Restaurant (Al Sadd)
- Al Adid Restaurant for Fish and Grill (North Muaither)
- Arab Bukhari Restaurant (Al Khor)
- Al Karwan Restaurant (Al Markhiya)
The CPD recorded some 82 violations last month, including the sale of counterfeit cosmetics, incomplete receipts and goods that did not have prices on them.
To contact CPD with complaints, call 800500 or go here for other ways to get in touch.
Credit: Photo by Omar Chatriwala