Ministry warns traders against price hikes

Updated 10 August 2013

Ministry warns traders against price hikes

The Ministry of Commerce in Taif has warned businesses and traders against hiking prices of commodities during and after the Eid holidays, stating that violators would face prosecution.
An official from the Ministry said errant traders would be summoned for questioning on the unauthorized price hike. The Ministry’s supervisory teams will visit various markets and will also respond to any complaint they receive from the public about hike in prices over the market rates.
“Each and every citizen is entitled to report any increase in prices either by e-mail or by toll free telephone,” the official said, adding that the move was initiated following carwash stations hiking rates by up to 100 percent over the usual price in the past five days, taking advantage of the demand ahead of Eid Al-Fitr.
The hike in rates by carwash stations had a reverse effect because expats who manually wash cars in the neighborhood were offering their services at costs lower than the usual rates.
Citizens complained that lack of supervision of carwash stations had encouraged them to hike prices. Besides carwashes, restaurants, beauty salons, barbershops, candy shops and even dry cleaners had resorted to price hikes. Local vendors hike prices knowing that people would pay because they have to be ready to celebrate and enjoy Eid.
“People are desperate to look their best and dress up in their best. Vendors take advantage of the situation and become greedy and want to double their income by charging us double for everything,” said Mohammad Abduljawad, a school teacher. “I went to my usual Turkish barber shop who charged me SR70 instead of the usual SR40, the reason being that it was the price for Eid and I couldn’t argue because I needed to shave,” he added.
Abduljawad said prices vary from one barbershop to another according to the nationality of the barber. Turkish, Tunisian and Moroccan barbers are more expensive than other nationalities, but they all charge more than the set price that was decided by the Municipality which is SR10 to SR15 for shaving and SR15 to SR20 for haircut.
Hotels also hiked open buffet rates from the usual for Eid breakfast.
“When I used to go for breakfast at a hotel in Riyadh with my family, I used to pay SR120 per head,” said Mariam Al-Qahtani, a housewife.

“On the first day of Eid, I paid SR250 and the food was exactly the same. They didn’t add anything new to the table.

When I asked the manager, he said rates during Eid are always higher than normal prices because more people come in. This did not make sense to me but I had to go there because it’s tradition in my family.”

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 12 min 52 sec ago

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.