Described as the ‘Smart Abattoir’, the service will allow customers to purchase livestock using the Al Mawashi application without the presence of the customer at the slaughterhouse.
Livestock will be slaughtered at the facility as normal, then the meat will be prepared and delivered to purchasers’ homes.
The abattoir, which was constructed last month, is a 15,000m2 facility that conforms to green building regulations and features offices for administrative staff, doctors and technicians, as well as refrigerated storages for meat and waiting halls for men and women.
“We have started the experimental operation of the smart abattoir during the current month of Ramadan after the completion of necessary resources,” said Ali Tahir Al Hammadi, head of the abattoirs section in the Municipality.
“Within the framework of providing smart solutions and creating constructive partnerships with the private sector, the Smart Abattoir is offering its smart services during the holy month. The Public Health Services Department in the Municipality stresses the necessity of making customers happy and providing high-quality services to all citizens and residents in all its abattoirs to reduce waiting hours and speed up the delivery of services.”
Al Mawashi is a Kuwait-based livestock transport and trading company that has recently reacted to the alleged threat from Australia to ban all sheep trade to the Middle East following evidence of animal welfare standards in the Middle East region being breached.
Al Hammadi added that the abattoir section has taken all the necessary preventive and corrective maintenance measures to achieve the appropriate standards of animal welfare and the requirements of halal slaughter.
Working hours of abattoirs across the Municipality, during the holy month of Ramadan, will be from 8am to 4 pm and, on Friday, the work will be suspended during the time of prayer and restart after prayer.
During the week prior to Ramadan, abattoirs carried out more than 11,000 slaughters, an increase of 10% compared to last year.