DOHA: All goods and services sold in Qatar must have their prices displayed in Arabic. Failure to do so could lead to jail time of up to two years for violators or fines of not less than QR30,000 and not more than QR1 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The Ministry urged all those who carry out commercial activities in Qatar to clearly and prominently display the list of prices of goods and services in Arabic, with the possibility of including other languages, when these goods and services are marketed or offered to avoid legal accountability.
“Pursuant to Articles 7, 8, 11, 17 of Law No. 8 of 2008 on Consumer Protection, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry urges all those who carry out commercial activities in the country to clearly and prominently display the list of prices of goods and services in Arabic, with the possibility of including other languages, when these goods/services are marketed or offered, to avoid legal accountability,” the Ministry said.
Commercial facilities, retail outlets, online platforms and social media sites that facilitates sale of goods and services are covered under this law.
The Ministry also said owners of commercial establishments, sales outlets, virtual platforms and home licence holders must obtain the necessary qualitative licences to promote the sale of goods and services by means of reduced prices, prize draws, gift distribution or promotion of special offers.
This is in order not to expose themselves to penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment.