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PHOTOS: Qatar shop sets up free food counter for residents in need


All photos by Chantelle D’mello

As part of ongoing efforts to reach out to customers in need, Gulf conglomerate the Ansar Group has set up a free food table in Al Khor.

The company’s counter is located at the Ansar Mall, which sells groceries, furnishings and clothing.

The supermarket currently stocks the counter twice a day with laban, yogurt, bread, pasta and tomato sauce. When it’s hot outside, a refrigerator there also includes free water and other beverages.

While laborers make up the majority of people who use the counter, some families also benefit from it, said Ziad Mounir, the mall’s assistant showroom manager.

Speaking to Doha News, he said:

“We see many families come and take things. We don’t look at what they take, or see how much they take. It’s for what they need.”

Despite its distance from Doha, Mounir said that numerous people from Al Khor, Al Thakira and Simaisma avail of the counter.

The initiative was launched on June 26, and is the the brainchild of the company’s chairman, Ali Akbar, a Qatari businessman.

Mounir explained:

“We started this when we opened the first Ansar Mall in Dubai in 2003. It’s part of our religion – to give back to the underprivileged. From Dubai, it spread to Bahrain, and now Qatar. Wherever there’s an Ansar mall, with a supermarket, we have the counter.”

He added that a second counter is scheduled to open by year-end in a new 40,000sqm Ansar Mall at the Barwa Commercial Avenue near the Industrial Area.

Extending a hand

Though Qatar is considered one of the wealthiest countries in the world per capita, many of its residents struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis.

Charitable efforts to help those in need are not uncommon here.

Earlier this year, a Qatari family in Al Muntazah began regularly stocking a refrigerator outside their house with beverages and food, inviting the public to take whatever they need.

Another Qatari family continues its long-standing tradition of providing freshly made free laban to members of the community.



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Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

Great service and well done. Now those with influence how about addressing the cause?

7 years ago

Money is nothing in our life up to an extent. Money can buy medicine, not health. Money can buy luxury, not happiness. Money can buy good bed, not sleep. Money can buy good cloths, not beauty. Money can buy books, not knowledge.

7 years ago

How very strange, where in a country Qataris get support from the government and expats cannot come unless they have a job. Do they really mean free food for those who are abused by their employers and haven’t been paid for 4 months or have been abandoned by their sponsors and cannot get home so have to live illegally?

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

It has got nothing to do with any of those you mentioned. He is just following what his religion has taught him and he is practicing it. Nothing wrong in that.

7 years ago

But he shouldn’t HAVE to in this THIS way is the point.

7 years ago

A little help goes a long way, well done

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