The UAE Ministry of Economy’s Consumer Protection Department conducted a field visit to the Union Co-operative in Al Barsha to verify the outlet’s compliance with the prices and sales terms.

Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Consumer Protection Department, led the inspection, and the team found that prices were maintained at stable levels. Dr. Al Nuaimi said that prices of many commodities have decreased by about 20% compared with last year and expressed satisfaction on the availability of essential goods.

He praised the efforts made to reduce the prices of some basic commodities and said that it comes in line with the directives of the Ministry of Economy to reduce prices and ensure market stability during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

“The UAE Ministry of Economy is committed to supervising the consumer markets during Ramadan and will act quickly and decisively to ensure that all outlets adhere to the Federal Consumer Protection Law. We will not show any leniency to price manipulators or traders undertaking monopoly practices,” said Dr. Al Nuaimi.

“Our specialist teams will intensify their visits to monitor sales outlets across the Emirates in keeping with the Ministry’s priority to ensure consumer protection during the Holy Month,” he added.

The Ministry, he added, welcomes feedback and suggestions from the public and business community to sustain market best practices.'

Michael Byrne

Before joining SME Advisor as an Assistant Editor in 2010 I obtained a Bachelors Civil Law Degree (Hons) from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, in 2005. I worked as a trainee lawyer in Dublin, Ireland, specialising in defence litigation and criminal law before obtaining a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Cardiff in 2009. At present I am the Editor of SME Advisor Middle East, which is a publication within the CPI Business Group. You can follow me on twitter: @mikey_byrne or @SMEadvisorME. Also, you can join me on Linkedin (Mike Byrne) or at (SME Advisor).