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Qatar to introduce new licensing rules for shops, eateries

Current law does not cover vendors

Qatar to introduce new licensing rules for shops, eateries
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Qatar is looking to introduce a new law that will make it mandatory for all shops, food outlets and vendor to be licensed by the country’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce.

The law, as it stands, requires shops and eateries to be licensed by the municipality of the area where the outlet is located, but does not require vendors to obtain a license, according the report in The Peninsula newspaper.

The new legislation will see introduce stricter measures to monitor shops, eateries and vendors, with a number of complaints being made about commercial establishments carrying out businesses that they are not licensed for.

“There are cases where someone has a licence for a café but he is operating a massage centre,” prominent lawyer, Yusuf Al Zaman, told the Peninsula.

The current law was passed in 1975 and only regulates commercial and industrial shops and it’s hoped the new law being introduced will cater for the multitude of new types of outlets that have opened in the past 40 years.

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