Saudi Arabia: 346,000 shops violate health and safety laws in 2020

Abu Dhabi: Saudi authorities shut down or booked nearly 346,000 shops across the country in 2020 for breaking health andsafety laws, according to a report by the Municipal Affairs and Housing Ministry.

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Jeddah topped the list of offending shops with 102,909, of which 44,645 were shut down, 55,744 booked and 98,995 fined, the report said.

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Al Ahsa came second in the number of violating stores with 53,115, followed by Riyadh with 36,324, Asir with 32,295, Jazan 23,090, Mecca 17,554, Tabuk 16,156 Qassim 13,039, and Medina 10,833.

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The report showed 66,386 stores were closed across the country last year, of which 6,094 were in Asir, 2545 in Riyadh, 2174 in Al Ahsa, 2,036 in Medina, 1,495 in Tabuk, 1,253 in Hail 1,253, 1,206 in the Eastern Province, 1,169 in Mecca, and 1,008 in Jazan.

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More than 221,000 shops were booked last year, including 36,657 in Qassim, 25,247 in Medina, 20,705 in Tabuk, 15,932 in Asir, 14,316 in Riyadh, 12093 in Jazan, 7,740 in the Eastern province, 7,336 in Hafr Al Batin, 6,782 in Hail, 5,481 in Al Baha, 4,467 in Al Jawf, 3,838 in the Northern Borders, 2,233 in Al Taif, 1,428 in Najran, and 963 in Al Ahsa.

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