Municipality sets campaign against unlicensed vendors


With Ramadan around the corner, owners of random stalls and “bastahs” or random sellers, are very busy taking their positions in Jeddah markets to benefit from the season to try to double sales of food items which are nearing their expiry date.

Because Jeddah markets are the most famous, they are the most targeted by those random and street sellers, a local newspaper reported.

At Bab Sharif to the south of Jeddah, sellers started to reserve their locations on both sides of the old market, to sell vegetables, biscuits and chocolates, without any supervision or control. Sellers’ voices echo here and there, with some quarreling in attempts to grab the perfect location to sell their goods.

Mohammed Al-Baqmi, spokesman for Jeddah Secretariat, said officials will conduct inspection campaigns at two specific intervals during Ramadan — the first will start after noon prayers and continue until minutes before breaking the fast; the other will be conducted during the evening, he added.

He stressed the that the secretariat will confiscate all the stalls in violation of regulations, and the regulatory procedures will be applied according to the type of the violation.

“The secretariat deployed supervisory bodies at each branch to monitor shops and conduct field inspection tours with the cooperation of the sub-municipalities,” he said, noting that stalls with permits will operate within the defined location and according with the commercial activity specified in the permit.


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