Posted on November 30, 2019

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) and Aswaq for Food Facilities Management Company, a Hassad subsidiary, have concluded the procedures of public lottery to allocate shops for central markets in Al Sailiya and Al Wakra.

A total of 13,970 applications were submitted for shops in Al Sailiya and Al Wakra central markets. A total of 316 shops were allocated through public lottery, while 445 shops shifted to these markets without lottery. Aswaq, in coordination with MoCI, had earlier offered investment opportunities to rent shops of the Central Market for Vegetables and Fruits in Al Sailiya and the Central Livestock Market in Al Wakra. Sheikh Jassim bin Jabr al Thani, Assistant Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs, said the opening of the two central markets in Al Sailiya and Al Wakra comes in line with Qatar’s interest in protecting consumers, combating commercial fraud and preventing monopolistic practices and supervision. “The state is keen to promote the most important economic activities, namely the establishment of specialised central markets in accordance with international best practices,” he added.

He pointed out that the central markets will help meet the needs of citizens and residents of all commodities. Special areas have been allocated for the marketing of national products of basic commodities. He said 445 stores in the old central market in Abu Hamour will be moved to the new markets. Abdullah Khalifa al Kuwari, Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Central Markets Department, said the committee took into account transfer of shops in the old market directly to the new market without entering the lottery to ensure the continuity of services and maintain the market strength. The second phase of the fish market in Umm Salal, which opened two years ago after modernisation of the auction yard and retail stores, will start in the beginning of next year, he added.

source: Qatar Tribune