(MENAFN - Arab News) The Jeddah Municipality plans to launch a campaign of inspection of coffee shops and Internet cafes in the next couple of days spokesman Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi told Arab News.
The move comes in response to numerous complaints about price hikes and other violations committed by cafe owners.
Faisal Al-Zahrani a Saudi youth said: 'I came to one of the trendy cafes in north Jeddah with a friend and was surprised to receive a hefty bill even though we had two cups of tea and a bottle of water. When we asked the waiter why the charges were high he told us that all the cffee shops in the area have the same prices and attributed the high prices to the increase in rentals.'
Ahmed Al-Shaari agreed with Al-Zaharani about the increase in prices at restaurants and cafes in the city. 'I was recently at a cafe with my wife and we ordered two cups of juice and a piece of dessert but when we got the check I didn't expect the figure to be so high' he added.
Many residents noted that prices charged at restaurants and cafes in the Kingdom have exceeded those in some of the most expensive countries in the world adding that shops needed stricter price monitoring.