Qatar Chamber Board Member and Women’s Committee Chair Ibtihaj Al Ahmadani recently held a webinar with owners of beauty salons in the country. 

Qatar Chamber Ibtihaj Al Ahmadani
Ibtihaj Al Ahmadani

The meeting was held following the request of several businesswomen and investors to review losses incurred by the sector due to ‘home hairdressers’ who practice the profession at home without a license, adversely affecting the licensed salon sector.

The webinar saw the participation of many businesswomen including Dr Sheikha Al Kubaisi, Hessa Hamed, Turfa Al Malki and Nora Al Kharji.

Addressing the meeting, Al Ahmadani said that the Chamber’s Women Committee is interested to discuss the obstacles facing the businesswomen and find appropriate solutions with all concerned parties. She said that the problem of unlicensed hairdressers is an obstacle faced by commercial sectors worldwide and that it must be addressed to find effective solutions.

Al Ahmadani also shared that the Women’s Committee has been receiving complaints from a number of businesswomen whose businesses are suffering because of the unlicensed traders in the beauty sector, and who are working without license in violation of the law.

She noted that these unlicensed hairdressers damage licensed plastic salons, referring that this action is harmful to this important economic sector.

Al Ahmadani assured that this phenomenon had been raised many times in meetings of the Women’s Committee, underlining the importance finding deterrent solutions for this problem.

The webinar also reviewed all legal and moral violations of the phenomenon, as well as its health and financial impact on the national economy, and the financial impact on licensed salons.

The meeting also touched on the positive impacts of licensed salons on the state’s economy and their contribution to making Qatar a tourist destination in the field of women’s beauty centres.

Beauty centres provide jobs and income for the staff working in many fields, noting that salons are required by the Ministry of Commerce to use products that meet standard specifications in terms of components and validity, so salons supply other commercial sectors with liquidity to buy cosmetics, sterilisers and new products that are offered in the market.

The meeting pointed out that salons also contribute to increasing profits of local banks, like other commercial sectors, from opening workers accounts, transferring monthly salaries, requesting facilities, loans, card exchange and paying tenant checks; in addition to contribution to the real estate market through hiring service and commercial property.

The meeting discussed the reasons for the reluctance of Qatari workers to work in beauty salons, primarily the low salary that is not enough to meet the aspirations of Qatari workers.

The meeting also highlighted the role of those who are facilitating the work of unlicensed hairdressers and a segment of Qatari women who deal with the said labourers.