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Qatar freezes prices during Ramadan

Gulf state launches hotline for consumers to report unscrupulous retailers

Qatar freezes prices during Ramadan
GCC supermarkets, GCC consumers, Middle East inflation

Authorities in Qatar have issued a price freeze on more than 300 everyday items during Ramadan and urged consumers to report vendors that jack up their prices during the month.

Food commodities affected by the decision include milk, white flour, sugar, rice and frozen vegetables, as well as non-food items including toilet paper and cleaning products.

The Consumer Protection Department has said that it will run inspections throughout the Islamic holy month to ensure that vendors comply with rules. During Ramadan, families often splash out on lavish buffets for when they break their fast, leading some retail outlets to raise prices dramatically.

Ramadan is due to start on Wednesday.

Consumers can report unscrupulous retailers by calling 8005000, sending an SMS to 92665, or emailing cpd@mbt.gov.qa.