Penalty for Qatar shops that stay open during Friday prayers doubled

Commercial outlets that do not close for 90 minutes during Friday prayers in Qatar could face increased penalties of up to QR10,000, according to a new law signed yesterday by the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The new legislation, Law No. 5 of 2015, reinforces the existing law (No. 3 of 1975).

That legislation already requires all shops, clinics, cafes, restaurants, clubs, commercial and industrial outlets to close for an hour and a half starting from the first call (adhaan) to Friday prayers, which usually takes place around 11:15 am.

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However, under Article 22 of the old law, the maximum penalty was QR5,000. Now, violators face fines of up to QR10,000 under Article 27 of the updated ruling, Al Raya reports.
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