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Working hours for commercial activities in Qatar will be from 7 am to 1 pm from Sunday


Tribune News Network


Working hours for commercial and service activities in Qatar will be from 7 am to 1 pm from Sunday, May 31, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has said in a circular.

According to the circular regarding work hours for commercial and service activities from Sunday, following activities are excluded from the decision to specified working hours:

* Outlets selling food products, consumer goods and subsidised supplies (hypermarkets, supermarkets and groceries)

* Shops selling fruit and vegetables

* Petroleum stations and car services

* Maintenance companies (electricity, plumbing and electronics services)

* Companies delivering orders through electronic apps

* Logistics services companies and freight firms operating in ports, airports and customs services

* Car maintenance workshops affiliated with agencies

* Pharmacies

* Companies operating in the hospitality sector

* Factories

* Bakeries

*Restaurants, cafeterias, and cafes (coffee shops) that are allowed to deliver or hand over orders to customers outside the business place.

However, restaurants and cafes located in malls are exempt from this decision, and are only allowed to process delivery orders. These outlets are prohibited from handing over orders customers, both inside and outside the premises.

The ministry also said in the circular that the cessation of all commercial activities in stores and offices on Fridays and Saturdays remain valid and the activities specified previously are exempt from this decision.

The decision to close retail outlets in malls and shopping centres remains valid with the exception of outlets selling food products and pharmacies.

All companies and retail outlets must comply with the decisions issued by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health in this regard, the ministry said adding that any violation of this decision provisions will subject perpetrators to legal accountability.

The ministry said that the decisions issued may be subject to amendments and updates according to the latest development in this regard.  

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