Hypermarkets in Dubai hike prices pre-Ramadan

'Prominent' retail names reported to Ministry of Economy as prices rise up to 50%

Some hypermarkets in Dubai hiked prices of essential foods prior to Ramadan and have been reported to the Ministry of Economy.

The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) Division in the Department of Economic Development (DED) made the discovery during inspections in the run-up to the holy month.

Omar Bushahab, CEO of the CCCP, said that DED had noticed price increases varying from two percent to 50 percent on items such as flour, cooking oil, sugar, fruits, vegetables, poultry, lamb and veal.

He did not name the offending hypermarkets in the statement but said they were "prominent" in the retail sector.

"The Department of Economic Development has sent a letter to the Ministry of Economy requesting appropriate action on such price increases as it falls under the Ministry's mandate," he added.

He said the move was part of the CCCP's efforts to "ensure that consumers in Dubai continue to get all essential foodstuffs at fair prices".

"Monitoring consumer prices is an integral part of our efforts to protect consumer rights and maintain harmonious relations between traders and consumers in Dubai. We work closely with retail outlets and also take necessary action on consumer complaints," Bushahab added.

Visits conducted by CCCP inspectors to hypermarkets revealed a 2-8 percent in prices of frozen poultry, lamb and veal while fish prices had gone up by 12 per cent.

Sugar prices showed a 39 percent increase and fruits and vegetables had become costlier by 50 percent in some of these outlets.

"There were also retail outlets that showed remarkable social responsibility by reducing or locking the prices of essential foodstuff. These outlets had in fact reduced prices of items like fresh chicken, frozen chicken, lamb and flour by up to 77 percent," said Bushahab.

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Posted by: MANI OLIA

I'm interested to know how much does 1kg of lamb meat cost in a supermarket in Dubaei?
If somebody know please answer .
Thank you

Posted by: Truth

The concern retail names should be disclosed clearly to make the people awareness and if DED want to avoid further such issues, which will result even uninspected outlets also will be afraid to do this crime. It's really a criminal activity to increase the price on Ramadan in a Muslim country. If the criminals are not punished how government want to reduce the crime!

Posted by: Kumar

A few days ago there was a big article saying prices of 1600 items have been frozen for 2012. I think none of the residents know what are the items, packaging size, super / hypermarkets who have agreed to this etc...
It would be a big leap in transparency if the list is posted on a prominent website or in printed leaflets at the concerned outlets. Till such time we will see theses price increases without the customer being aware of any differences.

Posted by: procan

Find it hard to understand GCC issue with food prices at this time with markets overflowing with reasonable price products harvest has started massive dairy and meats supply. I mean theses are your western suppliers.May be some better bargaining is in order.

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