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Posted On: 7 March 2009 06:06 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Time-share firms said to be cheating people

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Complaints and court cases against time-share companies based in other Arab countries offering resorts and apartments to customers in Qatar on a time-share basis are galore. A number of people say they paid huge sums to time-share companies through their local agents from the travel and trade industry, but realised to their horror that they had been cheated. According to a Qatari woman, who said she paid as much as QR65,000 for a time-share arrangement in a property in an Arab country, she was asked to acquire a membership card for an additional payment when she went to “enjoy” her vacation there. As per the contract she signed with the company, she was assured she could stay in a time-share resort free for a week every year. Most time-share firms offer weekly stays in a year for subscribers and their families. Another national who paid QR108,000 for a time-share resort in an Arab country in July 2007, found the company flouting the contract. He felt cheated and moved the court. Armed with a verdict in his favour, he is now awaiting justice. The victims have urged people not to fall prey to time-share companies which tend to run promotions here through their local agents, reports Al Sharq.