Timings announced for shops in Doha

Ministry of Commerce and Industry confirmed the hours

Timings announced for shops in Doha

Qatar's Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) issued a circular to all shops in the country detailing the working hours for the commercial sector.

However, all retail outlets in malls (except those selling food products and pharmacies) will remain closed, as will health clubs, barbershops and beauty salons.

All other shops outside of malls are now allowed to operate from 7am to 8pm Sunday to Thursday.

Those that are exempt from these timings are outlets selling food products, supermarkets, hypermarkets and grocery stores, pharmacies, factories, anyone delivering orders made through apps, petrol stations and car services and workshops affiliated with agencies, the hospitality sector, telecoms companies and maintenance companies.

Also exempt are restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops that can deliver or hand over orders to customers outside the business place.

Restaurants and other food venues in malls are only allowed to process delivery orders.

Other sectors not included in the new operating hours are logistics service companies and freight firms operating in ports, airports and customs, and contracting and engineering companies, which are allowed to operate at construction sites along with affiliated agencies.

The circular says "the decision to close retail outlets in malls, popular markets and shopping centres remains valid, with the exception of outlets selling food products and pharmacies" and continues, "the decision to suspend the activities of health clubs and centres, barbershops and beauty salons - including those that offer home services - remains applicable".

Violations will result in fines and further legal activity, while people are urged to check the ministry's website for official updates.

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