10 ladies garment shops shut down

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Economic Development Department (SED) has shut down 10 ladies garment outlets and fined 40 other outlets in various shopping centres and malls across the emirate for failing to hire saleswomen. All these outlets had hired salesmen.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Wed 21 Mar 2007, 8:37 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:08 AM

The move comes as part of a campaign launched by SED to promote discipline and modesty among the emirate’s residents, as they are important elements of Islamic culture.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Ali Salim Al Mahmmoud, Director General of SED, revealed the department had received a large number of complaints about men selling ladies garments in these outlets, which was an illegal act.

The SED intensified its campaign, visiting over 120 outlets, and telling owners to hire women.

“The SED will also continue with its campaign to ask shops selling other goods as well to hire only ladies in their women’s wear sections,” said an official.

Shama Al Shamsi, a housewife, appreciated the SED move, saying ladies do not feel comfortable while selling women’s garments in the presence of men.

Rughia Abid, a government employee, said she never purchased ladies garments from outlets having salemen.

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