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Qatar’s inspectors order two-week closure of Kids House furniture store

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Kids House closure
Kids House closure

With reporting by Reem Saad

A children’s furniture store on the Salwa Road has been temporarily shut down by government inspectors after they found it was falsely advertising its prices.

Kids House, which sells themed bedroom furniture, was fined and ordered to close its doors yesterday (June 28) for two weeks, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) announced.

The store had been conducting “fraud in order to deceive and mislead customers” by placing newspaper adverts that displayed lower prices than what were in stores, the ministry said in a statement.

Kids House closure
Kids House closure

It said the store’ actions contravened Qatar’s consumer protection law (No. 8 of 2008), which prohibits the sale or display of fraudulent or counterfeit products.

No one from the store was available for comment.

The closure comes as the ministry has intensified its inspection campaign of shops during Ramadan and in the run-up to Eid.

A 10-minute video published by the MEC in Arabic on YouTube shows inspectors undertaking spot checks on shops across Qatar, including men’s tailors, perfume shops, sweet shops and stores selling children’s clothes.

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