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Overpriced facemasks: 9 Dubai pharmacies, 5 supermarkets fined

 

DUBAI – Nine pharmacies in Dubai and five supermarkets were fined for selling overpriced facemasks despite the government’s call to regulate prices amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Dubai Economy’s Price Monitor on Sunday (April 5), facemasks can be sold between Dh1.60 to Dh2 per piece.

Dubai Economy officials continued a crackdown on unscrupulous traders taking advantage of the surge in demand for facemasks as the government advised the public to wear a mask when they are outdoors.

Investigators fined nine pharmacies in Al Warqa, Al Qusais, Al Twar, Al Mizhar, Hor Al Anz, Nad Al Hamar, Nad Hessa, Sheikh Zayed Road and Umm Suqeim for inflating the prices of facemasks.

Consumers have reported facemasks being sold for more than Dh100 per box of 50 pieces. The Dubai Economy has urged the public to report violators through the website http://price.ded.ae.

Violators will face a fine of Dh5,000 with repeat offenders to face double fines or a shutdown of their establishment.

Last week, the Dubai Economy launched a daily price monitoring list to help consumers keep track of regulated prices for essential items and food. ICA/Expat Media

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