MoE inspects for food prices

Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi during the inspection of Emirates Cooperative Society in Dubai (Supplied)

The UAE Ministry of Economy today organised an inspection of the Emirates Cooperative Society-Al Twar branch in Dubai as part of its ongoing program of declared visits to various markets in the UAE during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The inspection was led by Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Ministry’s Consumer Protection Department, in the presence of Abdullah Al Shehi, Director of the Consumer Protection Division, Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai. Representatives from the Emirates Co-operative Society - Al Twar and media members were present as well.

During the visit, the Cooperative’s management announced that it has prepared a Ramadan basket for this year that contains eight (8) basic food items – including sugar, rice, flour, oil, tomato paste – collectively priced at Dh50 which is 30 per cent cheaper compared to individual purchases.

Dr. Al Nuaimi said that the prices were reasonable and that the price cuts launched by the Emirates Cooperative Society cover a wide range of goods, including food staples that consumers need in large quantities during the month of Ramadan.

Dr. Al Nuaimi said: “The Ministry of Economy has conducted around 210 inspections of the various markets around the country since the beginning of the holy month, and will continues its visits to monitor the market and prevent any monopoly, exploitation, commercial fraud, or unjustifiable price increases.”

Dr. Al Nuaimi has urged consumers patronizing the state’s various markets to communicate with the Ministry’s Consumer Protection Centre by calling 600522225 should they have any complaint, comment or proposal for consumer protection or if they have witnessed any improper business practices.