The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion has announced that it will start receiving requests for promotional offers and discounts from businesses starting Tuesday.
A temporary suspension was placed on such offers as a result of the precautionary measures enforced by the government for the safety of customers and service staff.
In a statement, the ministry said, ‘Based on the approval of the Supreme Committee, which is in charge of examining the mechanism for dealing with developments resulting from the spread of COVID-19, the ministry has announced that it will receive requests for promotional offers and discounts as of Tuesday, September 15, 2020.’
While the precautionary measures were implemented to ensure safe conduct of business activities, they also resulted in challenges for store owners.
“The decision has come at the right time to help us promote our goods. Offers and discounts are essential for business in our stores. We will adhere to health procedures during such periods and limit the spread of the coronavirus,” said Said al Hosani, owner of a supermarket in Seeb.
Echoing Hosani’s words, Abdullah Shaji, GM of Nesto Hypermarkets in Oman, said offers and discounts help increase footfall.
“We have been having fewer customers in our hypermarkets but I am hopeful that things will change soon after the new decision to allow us to announce our offers.”
The temporary suspension of sales and discounts had affected companies and consumers alike, the latter awaiting an announcement on the resumption of special offers to help them tide over hard times.
“I am happy with this decision because it will make it easier for us to buy and choose between different offers,” Ahmed al Balushi, a resident of Al Khuwayr, said.
Another customer, Salem al Kharousi – a resident of Seeb – said, “Discounts and offers are important for us, especially during these times.”