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Work on a sprawling QR1.6 billion poultry complex located in “strategic areas” across Qatar is officially underway, Dar Al Rayan Investment Co. has announced.

When finished, the project will provide a big boost for domestic chicken and egg production at a crucial time for Qatar, which is embroiled in a long dispute with its neighbors.

Yesterday, Dar Al Rayan said that its complex will have a production capacity of 70,000 tons of broiler meat and 250 million eggs per year.

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Egg production at Al Rayan Poultry

Al Rayan Poultry will span 15 million square meters of land across Qatar, including at farms in the south, in Al Waab and in the north.

Plans are also afoot to build a feed mill that can supply poultry producers around the nation.

In a statement, company official Mohammed Hussein Al Ali said:

“Our focus is not just to build a poultry farm, but to create a whole ecosystem that supports the production of domestic poultry products.

Steps like providing parent stock poultry feed and factory will all support and encourage smaller broiler meat production units in the country. This, in the long run will contribute significantly to the local economy and domestic food security.”

Past plans

Qatar has been talking about boosting domestic poultry production for years.

In 2014, the government announced plans to build a new chicken farm complex. There was even talk of floating an IPO on the public-private project.

But then in early 2015, the concept was put on hold amid other belt-tightening measures.

However, months later, Dar Al Rayyan was awarded QR1.3 billion by Qatar’s economy ministry after beating out three dozen other companies vying to set up a chicken farm.

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Sheikh Tamim addresses the nation about the Gulf dispute.

No completion date for the poultry complex has been disclosed yet. But the project has taken on new importance in recent months as Qatar works to become more self-sufficient.

Officials had to scramble to negotiate new trade partners and routes for food and other supplies in June after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain cut ties for political reasons.

Since then, Qatar’s Emir has called on citizens to use the crisis as an opportunity and a wakeup call.

“We are opening our economy to initiatives, investments, production of food, medicine and ultimately to diversify our sources of income,” Sheikh Tamim said during a national address in July.

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Five Guys at Doha Festival City

Popular American burger chain Five Guys has opened at Doha Festival City.

This is Qatar’s first Five Guys outpost, though there are already outlets in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The eatery is known for its many toppings, and claims that customers can choose from a possible 250,000 ways to have their order served.

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Typical Five Guys fare

In a statement, Marwan Kandeel, Regional Brand Manager of Cravia Q Limited Services Group, said:

“The launch of Five Guys in Doha Festival City is the latest in a series of new openings across the region. We are delighted to be expanding into Qatar, and given the popularity of Five Guys in the rest of the MENA region, we are confident that the Doha Festival City branch will become a go-to destination for families and friends looking to indulge in their favorite comfort food.”

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Doha Festival City, which is north of Doha, next to IKEA, soft-launched to the public in April.

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Doha Festival City

When fully open, it will have some 500 stores and 100 food and beverage outlets. In addition to Five Guys, the mall is bringing several new names to Qatar.

They include upscale British department store Harvey Nichols, Borders bookstore, stationery specialists Paperchase, Ace Hardware and Japanese interiors label Muji.

Thoughts?

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Marmara Istanbul, closed by MME

For the third time in three years, popular Turkish takeaway Marmara Istanbul has been closed by Qatari authorities for violating health regulations.

The branch in Fereej Kulaib, near TV intersection, was shut by the Ministry of Municipality and the Environment (MME) for 10 days in mid-August.

In a statement on its website, the ministry said the restaurant was trading in “harmful food contaminated with radioactive (microbes) (parasites) (pesticides)…”

The notice did not specify which of those infractions the restaurant committed.

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Marmara Istanbul, closed by MME

As of yesterday, Marmara Istanbul remained closed to the public, its doors and windows plastered with stickers from the Health Control section of the ministry.

These state: “This establishment is closed due to violating municipal laws and regulations.”

Food poisoning

This is the third time in as many years the eatery has been shut down by authorities for food violations.

In October 2014, it shut for two months after several customers – including a pregnant woman who gave birth prematurely – reported food poisoning after eating there.

At the time, the MME published photographs of the inside of the restaurant. They showed what appears to be dirty and moldy chopping boards, unclean worktops, BBQ grills blackened with caked-on food deposits and food lying around the surfaces.

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An image taken by inspectors of Marmara Istanbul.

A subsequent court case found the restaurant and five of its employees guilty of selling food unfit for human consumption.

In May 2015, a misdemeanor court ordered the restaurant manager and four employees to be jailed, fined and deported, and for the establishment to close for another three months.

The restaurant closed at that time, then appealed the conviction, but lost in a verdict issued in February last year.

It was then closed again for a month to serve out the rest of the sentence.

Other closures

In the past week, another four eateries across town were also shut down by Baladiya officials for breaking hygiene and food laws.

Al Shourook Modern Bakery on Khalifa Street in Markhiya was closed by inspectors on Aug. 22 for two months. “Unhygienic conditions” were cited in documents on the MME’s website.

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Al Shorook Bakery, closed by MME

The store, near TV intersection, currently has 16 closure notices stuck across its glass facade.

And Indian-Chinese cafeterias Bye Bye Garden and Top Cornich, both in the Souq area, also ordered closed for 30 days each on Aug. 17, also for having unhygienic conditions.

Affordable Indian eatery Sky Restaurant in Musheireb was closed for the same reason on the same day for 15 days.

The closures are part of an ongoing campaign to enforce safety and hygiene standards on restaurants, grocery shops and warehouses storing food in the country.

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