Vendors at Souq Waqif and Central Market increase prices

Prices of food items and vegetables have increased sharply due to high demand in the initial days of Ramadan, especially in Souq Waqif and the Central Market.

They complained that traders were exploiting customers due to an increase in demand for nuts, sweet, dates, vegetables and spices and absence of monitoring by authorities.

Mohamad Talib Almarri, who visited the souq, said he was shocked by steep rise in prices. He discovered that prices of food items had gone up by 50 percent compared to last week and decided to buy his needs at commercial complexes where “prices were stable”.

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Ahmed Al Amadi, another customer, said prices of non-subsidised food items had increased. He said he bought Al Haris (Emirati) for QR120 a kg two week before and now sold at QR170 in the souq. However, there was no price rise in the case of local Al Haris.

Many people buy dates, Al Haris and spices during Ramadan.

Mohamad Safir, a trader in the souq, said sale of lanterns had increased compared to last year.

Last year, mostly expatriates were seen buying lanterns but this year citizens are also opting for them. Also, there is huge demand by companies this year.
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Source News: Qatar Living