The municipality will enforce a Cabinet decision mandating all stores, restaurants, cafes, billiard halls and similar facilities to close by midnight. Municipal Director Ahmed Al-Subaih said that the municipality and the interior ministry have agreed to activate this decision in all areas - commercial, investment and residential - while shops in the industrial areas of Shuwaikh, Sharq, Ardiya, Sabhan and Fahaheel will have to close by 10:00 pm.
Speaking to the press after a meeting with the Interior Ministry's assistant undersecretary for public security affairs Maj Gen Abdul Fattah Al-Ali, Subaih said that the closing time on weekends (Thursdays and Fridays) and on official holidays would be 1:00 am. "Exceptions will only be made upon official permission from the interior ministry," he added.
Subaih noted that Ali was fully convinced of the need for such measures to maintain security in view of the growing number of crimes such as drug abuse, vehicle theft, shootings and others. Subaih added that the new timings would be circulated to all six governorates' municipal offices so that they could be put into practice.