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Qatar salesmen banned from working in stores selling female garments

The move to enforce the ban on male employees follows "a flood" of complaints to authorities.

Qatar salesmen banned from working in stores selling female garments
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Qatar's Central Municipal Council (CMC) has called for a ban on men working in stores which sell female products and garments, following a "flood of complaints" from citizens, it was reported.

The move to establish the new rule to only allow female staff to work in stores targeting female customers is “to protect the traditions and customs of Qatari society,” according to a report in the Qatar Tribune newspaper.

According to Jassim bin Abdullah Al Maliki, CMC vice president, the majority of the council voted for an early action on the issue. Although, the CMC does not have legislative authority, it does have an advisory and monitoring role, and therefore advised the Ministry of Municipality for necessary action, the report said.

The motion also asked for a ban on women’s underwear being displayed near the entrance of stories and malls. A law prohibiting men from working in female clothing shops was passed in November 2011 but was never fully enforced.

Similar laws were introduced in Saudi Arabia in 2012 after an initial attempt to roll out the initiative in 2006 failed.

According to the law, all Saudi-based lingerie stores must now only employ females as sales assistants. The ministry also requires that shops ban men from entering and provide security guards on the door, while female workers must wear a hijab and clothes that conform to the country’s conservative standards.

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Jassim 6 years ago

Unfortunately, Qatar is a victim of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, and they are destroying everything that our open minded government is working for. They are forcing us to comply with hardcore extremism beliefs. I hope that this changes fast.

Anon 6 years ago

No Jassim, Qatar is a victim of arrogance and in fact is a sponsor of the Brotherhood. Its a slow slide down from now on and at the bottom awaits KSA.

Mohammed 6 years ago

Anon & Jassim. You both have distorted views. Qatar is truly an Islamic country and being a muslim expat myself I dont see why I should not support such a right decision. Islam does not allows women to be treated as sex objects but to be respected. Displaying lingerie in showrooms is uncalled for and is vulgar. Get well soon.

iWonderY 6 years ago

A similar law is in force in Saudi Arabia and was praised at the time as revolutionary and progressive and for women's rights and blah blah blah ... A couple of years later a Qatari municipal body has a recommendation. Mmmmm

Mohammed Yousuf 6 years ago

Mr. Jassim for you open mind is revealing women's body. Don't you have anything other than these issue as open mind.

Michelle Soomro 6 years ago

This has nothing to do with the brotherhood. It has to do with women like myself disliking to shop in stores with male sales assistants in the lingerie department. Its embarrassing-and it was so before I was Muslim too! In Qatar, there are more male sales people generally than in the States, but how many men are staffing Victorias Secret? Would that be accepted? Women can shop much more comfortably without men finding the size bra and panties we need.
Women said what THEY wanted and Qatar authorities listened.
Oh, and Qatar is the least terroristic place on the planet. I lived there, loved it and respect the great strides they are making in education and sustainability-both in the energy and financial sectors. They are building for a future where oil/gas are no longer the standard.

Michelle 6 years ago

I lived in Egypt when "the brotherhood" supposedly ran the show and they had no such laws there.