No news on when City Center will open
Ramesh Mathew reports for the Gulf Times that :
The closure of City Center Doha (CCD) to implement safety measures and uncertainty over its reopening have dampened the spirits of outlets operators as well as several hundred expatriates employed in establishments operating at the mall.
Conservative estimates put the number of visitors to CCD during weekends at around 70,000.
Obviously annoyed at the delay in reopening, operators minced no words while expressing their displeasure. “Now, we are in a predicament in which we need to pay salaries without earning a single penny from our outlets at the City Center which have been closed for more than three weeks now,” said the general manager of a company.
“Nobody really understands the difficulties that we face during such indefinite closures and the losses that our establishments suffer,” said the manager of an electronic firm which has been at CCD since its opening more than 10 years ago.
“While superior safety devices are required one also needs to understand the financial losses entrepreneurs are suffering,” he said.
Some businessmen feel it is time the place is partially reopened with limited working hours, say for instance in the afternoons, starting from four to midnight. “If establishments are allowed to function during the eight hours in the evening, the remaining two-thirds of the day could be utilised for work, stipulated by the Directorate of Civil Defence,” they said.
Source : http://www.gulf-time...
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