In the last week of February, an Almarai job hiring ad circulated on social media which said "We are hiring for Qatar, Apply Now."
The ad listed 11 positions which included van salesman, salesman assistant, shelf stacker, merchandiser, lady promoter, heavy & light driver, labourer, sales supervisor, merchandising supervisor, logistics supervisor, and a facility supervisor.
It also mentioned that candidates must be able to get NOC approval.
The Saudi multinational dairy company was once the preferred brand in the country before the blockade. But the boycott has taught Qatar to be self-reliant. Local dairy companies increased in number and flourished during that time. Citizens and residents have also patronized Made in Qatar products and welcomed the variety of new dairy products. Qatar has also achieved more than 100% self-sufficiency in dairy production in 2019.
However, when the blockade ended and the borders opened, one of the things that people in Qatar kept commenting about in social media posts was if Almarai is coming back. Although local dairy companies have a variety of delicious flavored milk, many people seem to be missing Almarai's double chocolate milk.
Now that the Abu Samra border port is open for the entry and exit of goods, some have posted questions on forums and social media groups asking about the return of Almarai. But while there are those that miss their products, there are more people posting that they'll continue to support local products.
If or when Almarai products make a comeback, it'll surely affect competition and prices in the market.
The ILQ team sent an email to Almarai and are still waiting for their response regarding the authenticity of the ad and when they are relaunching in Qatar.
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