ECONOMY, COMMERCE MINISTRY ANNOUNCES INITIAL OPENING OF UMM SALAL WHOLESALE MARKET

Doha, – The Ministry of Economy and Commerce’s permanent committee for the management of wholesale markets announced that the initial opening of Umm Salal wholesale market will be on Sunday, when the market will launch and the evening fish auction take…

Doha, - The Ministry of Economy and Commerce's permanent committee for the management of wholesale markets announced that the initial opening of Umm Salal wholesale market will be on Sunday, when the market will launch and the evening fish auction take place after the opening.

Preparations ended and the market is set to receive customers around the week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., providing shoppers with fish, vegetables, fruits and meat as well as several commodities and products that customers need, the ministry said Thursday in a statement.

The daily fish auction will take place at Umm Salal wholesale market after moving the existing market from the current wholesale market in Abu Hamour, where only vegetables, fruits, livestock and meat will be on sale until wholesale markets in Al Sailiya, Al Wakrah are opened later.

The location of Umm Salal wholesale market was chosen after the permanent committee for the management of wholesale markets made several studies and surveys with retailers, wholesalers, fishermen and dealers, which showed that 70 percent of fish at the Abu Hamour wholesale market originate from Al Khor and Al Shamal and 30 percent from Al Wakrah, making Umm Salal the closest location to fresh fish in the country.

The wholesale market features an air conditioned auction hall; fish sale points; seafood restaurant; a cafeteria; a wholesale center for the distribution and sale of food supplies, feed and foodstuffs; a store for coffee, honey and nuts; spices shop; a shop for marine tools and supplies; a bakery; vegetable and fruit wholesale and retail shops; butcher shops, poultry shops, juice and dairy products shop; mechanized butchery for sheep, cattle and camels; veterinary examination service before and after slaughter; and a customer service hall.

The ministry said the Umm Salal wholesale market is designed according to the best in quality standards and has high quality facilities and services that comply with health and safety measures. Special locations were designated for unloading, display and sale, while the best standards are implemented in storing and transportation.

The market also meets the requirements of food safety by providing the appropriate areas that prevents products from being subjected to weather circumstances that affect their quality.

The wholesale markets project is part of the efforts of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce's permanent committee for the management of wholesale markets that aim to boost development in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and enhance the growth of the commercial and agricultural sectors.

Establishing wholesale markets in Umm Salal, Al Sailiya and Al Wakrah stems from a strategic and development aspect that matches the rapid demographic changes across the country and due to the significance of these regions as areas of current and future population expansion that cover the northern, western and southern parts of the country.

The project also aims to make easier the lives of residents of target areas, eases their mobility and meet the daily needs of consumers, with the three wholesale markets providing the basic goods of fish, vegetables, fruits and livestock as well as other daily life products.

Central wholesale markets were dedicated for all the basic goods, with daily auctions taking place under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, relevant entities, retailers and wholesalers. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency