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Abu Dhabi intensifies crackdown on fake discounts, commercial fraud


DUBAI – Authorities in Abu Dhabi are intensifying a crackdown on commercial fraud and fake discounts at malls, local markets and stores in the capital.

Commercial fraud covers the sale of fake items and damaged or expired goods, as well as the announcement of fake prizes or discounts.

According to the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), inspectors will intensify monitoring campaigns during Ramadan and the Eid holiday.

ADDED will be monitoring and inspecting malls and markets in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra during the period, and will also ensure that establishments follow precautionary measures against Covid-19.

The plan includes intensive campaigns on sales outlets, vegetable and fruit stores, livestock markets, meat stores, and consumer goods stores.

Rashid Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the ADDED, said that inspection campaigns “would reduce the turnout at sales outlets and contributes to the ease of taking all necessary measures for the health of society members:.

“This will protect consumers and preserve their rights to knowledge and inquiries when purchasing products and services, in particular during the annual seasons,” Al Blooshi said.

Rabie Al Hajri, Acting Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Business Center, said that the intensive inspection campaigns to be carried out by the Department during the month of Ramadan and the Eid include monitoring of all malls and commercial establishments.

He added that inspection will be intensified at peak times focusing on following up commitment to the permitted capacity in the sales outlets and malls.

Al Hajri explained that the campaigns also focus on monitoring the prices of consumer products and ensuring that establishments comply with laws against commercial fraud and counterfeiting.

He indicated that consumers can see the prices of consumer products on a daily basis through the Price Observatory available on the ADDED’s website

He urged the public to report violators through the hotline 800555. ICA/Expat Media

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