A lot of citizens still prefer to go to a neighbouring country to buy weekly household provisions as they find the prices, especially of foodstuff, cheaper there as compared to Doha, reports Al Sharq.
They complain that despite the fact that food prices have come down worldwide in the wake of the global recession, the impact is not felt in Qatar at all.
“Food prices here remain almost the same here as they were before the onset of recession a year ago,” said Masoud Abu Ria. He said he went to the neighbouring country some two weeks ago to buy household provisions.
According to him, basic food items like rice, wheat flour, milk and other dairy products, sugar and edible oil are available in the neighbouring country at almost half the price levels as compared to Doha.
He said he finds it very surprising that the outlet where he shops is barely a few kilometers away from the Qatari border. “The traders here talk of high shipping costs, so how the shops in the neighbouring country are able to sell these items cheaper,” he wondered.
Shoppers said they suspected that there was some tacit agreement among retailers, including the big and smaller ones, not to reduce foodstuff prices despite the global trend.
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