Incense sticks are in big demand
Perfumes displayed in a store
Retail sales are often in few grams as a small quantity of these perfumes and incenses would give the desired fragrance, usually used to perfume houses and reception lounges (majlis) during the holidays for family gatherings. Jabir al-Qahtani, owner of an incense shop, said that sales at his outlet have increased by almost 80% ahead of the Eid holidays. He said that around 10gm of any of the various types of oud are sold starting from QR50 up to QR200.
"The prices of oud have risen dramatically in the recent years due to the shortage in supply as the trees from which oud is extracted are becoming rare in the source countries," he explained. Al-Qahtani observed that the Sri Lankan oud is considered among the most high-end incenses in the GCC markets with 10gm amounting to QR300 to QR400 due to the high demand.
Samy al-Miklhlafi, owner of a perfume shop, said that Arabic blends of perfumes and incense are preferred among customers for everyday use. Besides, these are sold at reasonable prices. Saood al-Anzi, a customer, noted that prices of oud and traditional perfumes have risen sharply ahead of the Eid holidays. He called for tighter control. For instance, he said that what can be bought at QR150 for 10gm at regular times often sells at QR300 during the peak of Eid shopping.