Posted on May 26, 2017

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce yesterday urged shopping malls, retail outlets and restaurants to extend working hours through the holy month and inform consumers about the new schedule. The Ministry said the extension of working hours wouldn’t require its prior approval as part of efforts to stimulate the commercial sector.

The initiative comes within the framework of the ministry’s Ramadan initiatives under the theme #Aqal_Min_Al_Wajeb” the Arabic for “#the_least_we_can_do”. Throughout the holy month, shopping malls, retail outlets and restaurants attract a large number of people during limited working hours. The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has called for extension of workign hours given the unique nature of Ramadan when time is divided between prayers, work, shopping and long commuting hours due to traffic congestion. These initiatives were designed to cover all aspects of the Ministry’s activities in terms of organisation, partnership and support, and to raise awareness about various consumer and commercial topics.

The Ministry will also launch new initiatives aimed at bolstering partnerships between consumers and merchants such as “Ataa”—Arabic for “Giving”—and “National Product” initiatives. The Ministry also launched the discounted consumer goods initiative and will unveil the outcome of Al Baraka corporate social responsibility programme launched last year, as well as other initiatives to regulate markets and stimulate commercial sectors. The Ministry will also intensify its inspection campaigns through Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr.

source: The Peninsula