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VLCC closure

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VLCC closure

A branch of the popular VLCC beauty and slimming center in Al Waab has been temporarily shut-down for displaying and selling out-of-date hair dyes, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) said.

Following spot checks by inspectors who found the expired products, the salon was ordered to be closed for two weeks, starting yesterday (Apr. 5) and also fined, MEC announced on Twitter in Arabic.

The censured branch on Al Waab Street, next to Al Waab petrol station,  is one of three VLCC outlets in Doha. Describing itself as a “wellness” brand with 300 outlets in 11 countries, VLCC provides slimming, beauty and fitness programs.

Having expired products is contrary to article 6 of Qatar’s consumer protection law (No. 8 of 2008), which states:

“No defective or adulterated commodity shall be sold, displayed, presented, promoted or advertised. The commodity shall be deemed to be adulterated or defective where it does not conform to the prescribed standard specifications, is unfit for use, or has expired.”

No one at the center was available for comment.

Inspection campaign

The ministry said yesterday the closure was ordered as part of a rolling program of inspections that looks for violations such as price manipulation, selling fake products and items that don’t comply with defined standards.

Beauty salon in Bin Omran closed by MEC

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Beauty salon in Bin Omran closed by MEC

Last month, the ministry recorded a total of 113 violations of stores and salons across the country, following spot checks by inspectors, it said in a statement.

The most common violation (27 cases) was not properly displaying prices for goods or services and increasing prices without seeking advance permission from authorities (21 cases).

Additionally, inspectors found 14 incidents of outlets having expired products.

In late February, the MEC announced it had ordered the temporary closure of two other salons in Doha for stocking out-of-date cosmetics: La Forme Beauty Lounge on Mirqab Al Jadeed (Al Nasr) St. and the Diana Beauty Center in Bin Omran.

Other violations include violating the terms and conditions of warranties, not conforming to the rules for sales and special promotions as well as not issuing proper receipts and invoices for purchases.

Penalties for outlets which are found to break the consumer protection law include temporary closure and fines ranging from QR5,000 to QR30,000, the MEC said.

Baladiya closures

Meanwhile, another government authority tasked with upholding hygiene and safety standards in Qatar said it had conducted a total of 2,604 inspections of outlets – mostly eateries, food shops and beauty salons – last month.

Of the businesses inspected by the Ministry of Municipality and the Environment (MME/Baladiya) (and some will likely have had multiple checks) 1,861 outlets were found to comply with health conditions, and a further 76 met the conditions after amending practices.

Expired food

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Expired food

Some 301 were found by inspectors to have broken the law during last month’s checks.

The ministry announced a total of 18 outlets were temporarily shut down by inspectors for violating food laws, including:

  • 6 restaurants;
  • 3 cafeterias;
  • 2 grocery stores;
  • 1 dessert shop;
  • 1 kitchen;
  • 2 storage facilities; and
  • 3 boxing facilities.

Longhorn Steakhouse on the Pearl-Qatar was one of the restaurants ordered to be closed last month after inspectors seized large amounts of expired food products from a restaurant which they said was hidden by staff.

Inspectors also visited the central market in Abu Hamour and examined12,466 tons of fruit and vegetables. Some 271 tons were destroyed after being found to be unfit for human consumption, The Peninsula reported.

In one week during March, ministry inspectors ordered the destruction of 17 tons of rotten fruit and vegetables.

Meanwhile, inspectors have also ordered the destruction of 172 consignments of fresh produce brought in through Qatar’s ports which is found to be rotten or damaged, Baladiya said today on Twitter.

Translation: Some 6,053 shipments were inspected and 172 were destroyed at the quarantine offices of Qatar’s ports.

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Chantelle D'mello / Doha News

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Motorists heading to the Wholesale Market and the residential districts of Abu Hamour, Ain Khalid and Al Thumama should expect delays over the coming four weekends.

According to Ashghal, a busy stretch of Wholesale Market Street will be temporarily closed in phases over the next month as it continues on works to build new dual carriageways to improve capacity.

 

The first closure takes effect at 11pm tonight and lasts until 4am on Sunday, Feb. 28. The street will be closed in both directions between the Al Jazeera Academy entrance and the Mesaimeer passport and immigration office.

Part-closure of Wholesale Market Street

Ashghal

Part-closure of Wholesale Market Street

The same section of the road will also be closed for the same hours over the following three weekends, Ashghal said in a statement.

This includes:

  • Thursday, March 3, from 11pm until Sunday, March 6;
  • Thurday, March 10 from 11pm until Sunday, March 13; and
  • Thursday, March 17 from 11pm until Sunday March 20.

Diversions will be in place taking drivers along Rawdat Al Khail Street and Al Erbayyat Street, but they are likely to take additional time and motorists in the area should expect the surrounding roads to be busier while the closures are in place.

Ongoing works

The closures are to enable the construction of 8 km of new dual carriageway on Abu Hamour Road/Al Muntazah Street from East Industrial Road Interchange to Al Woqood Interchange and 2 km dual carriageway on F ring road from Woqod Interchange to Al Jazeera Interchange, an Ashghal spokesperson said.

“This project will provide important strategic connections from the Industrial Area into the centre of Doha and Barwa City, and link F-Ring Road to Wholesale Market Road and Mesaimeer Street,” the spokesperson added in a statement.

The same stretch of road was also shut for two consecutive weekends in December.

 Mesaimeer junction steel bridge

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Mesaimeer junction steel bridge

The adjoining stretch of Mesaimeer Road, from near the Pakistan Education Center to the Woqod petrol station roundabout has already been shut since mid-2013 while road connections south, towards the Religious complex, are upgraded.

The road construction is set to be completed this year, Ashghal said at the time.

To help with some of the traffic congestion in the busy area, which includes a lot of schools, a temporary steel bridge was opened over the Mesaimeer junction in October 2014.

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The Sheraton Doha will not begin a refurbishment until at least the end of 2014, during which it will close in parts, a spokeswoman at Katara Hospitality has told Doha News. 

The information ends confusion over the iconic building’s future, which was sparked in March, when Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla, CEO of Katara Hospitality, told Al Sharq that the hotel group was planning to spend up to $192.2 million rejuvenating the 31-year-old Sheraton.

Work on the hotel will be carried out in three phases. During that time, parts of the building will be closed, but other pieces will remain open, said the spokeswoman, whose company owns the Sheraton.

The entire renovation project is projected to take two years to complete.

Phases

The first part of the hotel to close will be the main building, including all bedrooms, lobby, restaurants and bars. 

Once this phase has been completed, attention will be turned to the Sheraton’s popular Convention Centre. Work is not expected to begin on this stage until the much-delayed Doha Convention Center and Tower opposite the hotel is complete.

The third and final part of the renovation work will focus on the hotel’s recreational facilities.

Plans for the entire renovation are at the “very early stages” and no contractor has yet been appointed to carry out the work, the spokeswoman said.

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