The Ministry of Commerce Defames a Saudi Lady Condemned of Enabling a Syrian Expat to Run a Fast Food Restaurant in Dammam

12 Mar 2020


The Ministry of Commerce has defamed a Saudi lady and an Expat of a Syrian nationality following the issuance of a court ruling convicting them of violating the Anti-Commercial Concealment Law. The Saudi lady has enabled the expat to run a fast-food restaurant in Dammam against a sum of money agreed upon between the two parties.

The evidences showed that the expat had established, managed and run the restaurant with the help of four of his sons. He used to make and terminate contracts with the labors, pay the monthly salaries, collect revenue and profits and send part of them to another partner of his nationality residing outside the Kingdom.

The Ministry has published the content of the judicial ruling issued by the Criminal Court in Dammam, imposing a fine of sixty thousand riyals, closure of the facility, liquidating the trade activity, cancelling the license, writing off the commercial registry and preventing the lady from practicing the same activity, deporting the expat from the Kingdom and not to be allowed to return for work, besides defamation by publishing the ruling in two local newspapers at the expense of the violators.

The Ministry of Commerce calls on all citizens and residents in all regions of the Kingdom to report cases of commercial concealment through the Ministry's Consumer Call Center (1900) or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website. Notably, MCI is granting an award of up to 30% of the total sentenced fines after collection. The fine may reach one million riyals against each violator. 

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Last Modified 15 Mar 2020