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Doha's samosa outlets face demolition threat

Several outlets selling ethnic food are the target of a beautification drive in the Qatari capital.

world Updated: Jul 10, 2007 16:58 IST

A massive beautification drive in the Qatari capital poses a threat to several outlets selling ethnic food and many traders fear an uncertain future. Small shops selling Indian samosas in Doha, a hot favourite among Arabs, are the latest casualty.

After several deadlines having come and gone, it is now only a matter of days before they finally down shutters forever, The Peninsula newspaper said.

The samosa shops, many of them established more than three decades ago, had become extremely popular among all nationalities.

"Ramadan is the actual season for us, when we get bulk orders from Qataris. In just one month, we do business equal to all the other months in the year," said Zubair, an Indian who has been selling samosas for close to three decades.

"On normal days, we prepare about 4,000 pieces daily. But now we cannot do that due to the uncertain situation," he lamented.

"We heard that we will get Riyal 60,000 as compensation but that is nothing in the current situation. I have been looking for a new shop but I am yet to find a suitable one so far. We cannot function in very small rooms due to the heat and smoke and the rents for a new shop are unaffordable. This is the only job I know and I am still uncertain what to do next."