Two frequently-visited salons in Qatar have been closed temporarily this week by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) for displaying and selling expired beauty products.
They are the Mohammed Al Sagheer Salon in Ras Abu Abboud, inside of Sharq Village & Spa hotel; and Sawasdee Beauty & Thai Spa in Maamoura.
The Mohammed Al Sagheer Salon will be fined and closed for one month, effective May 8, the MEC said.
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It is one of the most high-profile of several beauty centers that have been sanctioned in recent months.
Nobody could be reached for comment at the center, which is part of a chain of Mohammed Al Sagheer beauty salons across Egypt, Qatar and the UAE.
Meanwhile, the Thai salon will be closed for one week, the MEC said.
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No one was immediately available for comment at the salon.
However, in a post on its Facebook page last night, Sawasdee said it was closing “for deep cleaning from May 9 until May 16.”
Consumer protection law
According to the MEC, both salons were fined and closed after an inspection campaign was carried out by its Department of Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud.
Having expired products is contrary to article 6 of Qatar’s consumer protection law (No. 8 of 2008), which states:
“No defective or adulterated commodity shall be sold, displayed, presented, promoted or advertised. The commodity shall be deemed to be adulterated or defective where it does not conform to the prescribed standard specifications, is unfit for use, or has expired.”
The MEC has urged consumers to report suspected violations through its consumer protection hotline by calling 16001 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.