Qatar Chamber recently held a webinar with owners of beauty salons to tackle the issue of unlicensed hairdressers, which, according to stakeholders, are “adversely affecting the industry.”
The webinar was led by Qatar Chamber board member Ibtihaj al-Ahmadani, who is also the chairperson for the chamber’s Committee on Women. Joining al-Ahmadani were Dr Sheikha al-Kubaisi, Hessa Hamed, Turfa al-Malki, Nora al-Kharji, and other businesswomen in Qatar.
In a statement, al-Ahmadani said the virtual meeting was held upon the request from several businesswomen and investors in the beauty salon sector. The meeting reviewed the losses incurred by industry stakeholders because of unlicensed hairdressers practicing their trade at home.
Al-Ahmadani said the chamber’s Committee on Women is keen in discussing all obstacles facing businesswomen, and to find the appropriate solutions with parties concerned after receiving many complaints from stakeholders.
She noted that the problem of unlicensed hairdressers is one of the obstacles that face commercial sectors worldwide, affirming that it must be addressed to find effective solutions.
The webinar also reviewed the violations of related to this issue, potential health problems, as well as the financial impact on licensed salons and on the national economy.
The meeting also touched on the benefits 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.
According to the participants, beauty centres provide jobs for people working in different fields. They also noted that salons are required by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to use products that meet stipulated standards and specifications.
The participants also agreed that beauty salons also contribute to increasing profits of local banks and other commercial sectors, from opening workers' accounts, transferring monthly salaries, requesting facilities, loans, card exchange, and paying tenants' checks, in addition to salons' contribution to the real estate market.
Other issues discussed during the meeting included the reasons why Qatari workers are reluctant to be employed in beauty salons and the low salaries, which fail to meet the expectations of Qatari workers. The meeting also tackled the reasons behind the proliferation of unlicensed hairdressers, such as social media advertisements, among others.