Posted on July 09, 2016

Some retail outlets at shopping malls have replaced stocks of conventional window and split Air Conditioners (ACs) with energy-saving starred ones. However, ACs from most famous brands are yet to reach retailers. The energy-saving ACs are slightly costlier than the conventional ones. 

The move follows a decision of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to phase out all conventional ACs from the market, that do not meet Qatari standards and specifications, starting from July 1. The green 1.5-tonne window AC of a famous brand at an outlet at a shopping complex costs QR1,499 compared to QR1,399 for the conventional AC and the 2-tonne starred AC costs QR1,679 compared to QR1,699 of the conventional type. Green 1.5-tonne ACs of some brands at another shop cost between QR1,200 and QR1,300 and two-tonne ACs QR1,400 to QR1,500.

An AC supplier has priced the new products significantly higher. The price of a popular brand’s two-tonne split AC has increased from QR2,699 to QR3,199, while the 1.5-tonne AC of the same brand is available at QR2,250 from QR1,850 earlier. “All brands available at our shop are star-rated green AC. The stocks of conventional ACs haver been returned to the suppliers, as per new rules,” said a salesman at an AC shop in Old Airport Area. To a question on non-availability of some brands at the outlet, he said, “So far, these brands are not available, old stocks have been taken away by the supplier but they have not replaced them with the new ones. “We have no idea when the stocks of new brands will arrive,” he added.

Another salesman at a showroom of an agency of a very famous brand at Kutub Roundabout, Doha Downtown, said star ACs have not arrived at the showroom. “We were told that a shipment of green ACs was received by the company recently. “The new stocks might be available at stores but have not arrived at our showroom. The company might begin supplying the new stocks to its other showrooms across Qatar, I am not sure about it. “Our showroom is closed for Eid Al-Fitr holidays, it will reopen on Sunday and we would be updated on developments,” he said.

Market players, including importers, suppliers and retailers, were given a grace period by Qatar General Authority for Specifications and Standardisation at the Ministry to replace their stocks with green ACs by July 1. As per new rules, only energy-saving ACs will be allowed in the market. 

source: The Peninsula