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Posted On: 16 August 2022 02:40 pm
Updated On: 21 August 2022 11:26 am

Fine of up to QR 1 million for suppliers and merchants who violate Islamic values, customs

Tracy Quirino
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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has tweeted a memo noting the necessity of respecting religious values, customs and traditions, and the repercussions of displaying any goods, images, or visual or audio materials, that would violate Islamic values, public morals, customs and traditions.

The ministry reminds all merchants and major shopping centres operating in the country that they must abide by the following:

  • Commitment not to display any goods on the fronts of shops that would violate public morals, traditions and customs of the state, use inappropriate gifts and packaging materials, or market and promote products bearing slogans, symbols, or expressions with immoral connotations that affect the religious and cultural values ​​of the community.
  • Coordination with import sources before supplying any products for the purpose of trading in the Qatari market, and ensuring that they are not promoting or carrying logos, designs, symbols or phrases that are contrary to the teachings of the Islamic religion or imbued with public morals, customs and traditions.
  • Not to publish any images, audio clips, stray material, or any other material that is tainted and contrary to public morals.

The Ministry assures that any violation or negligence in the implementation of these obligations will refer its owners to the competent authorities to take the appropriate measures represented in the following:

  • Cancellation of the commercial register and commercial license and prohibition from practising any commercial activity.
  • Administrative suspension for a period of three months.
  • A fine of up to QR 1 million.

The Ministry also emphasizes that the practice of commercial activity and the circulation of goods and services must take place within the framework of respect for the principles and teachings of the Islamic religion and commitment to the customs and traditions of the Qatari society.

Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry
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