By Gavin Gibbon
Dubai Media Office has blamed 'countries known for their hostile orientations to the UAE and Saudi Arabia' for the campaign
Dubai has slammed what it describes as a “systematic smear campaign” on social media against an Emirati producer in Jebel Ali.
Dubai Media Office was forced to send a succession of tweets to rebuff what it says are “allegations” and “inaccuracies” against UAE-made products and their authenticity in the Saudi market.
One tweet read: “In response to the allegations that are trying to offend the relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, especially in the commercial field, our slogan in the Emirates is clear about what harms Saudi Arabia and its people harms us as Emiratis and what is issued to Saudi Arabia is in accordance with common specifications.”
It revealed analysis of the data showed the campaign to boycott the Emirati products had come from social media users outside of Saudi Arabia and “from countries known for their hostile orientations to the UAE and Saudi Arabia”, in a bid to raise tensions between the two nations.
The claims included a lack of control and follow-up of manufactured goods in Jebel Ali, which is home to 7,500 companies from around the world and includes 529 food manufacturers, such as Nestle, Mars, Master Baker and many others. While more than 130 countries around the world use food products manufactured in the Jebel Ali Freezone.
A further tweet from Dubai Media Office said all freezones in the country, including Jebel Ali Freezone, are subject to strict standards upheld by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology - a globally-accredited standardisation body in the UAE.
Dubai Media Office also clarified misgivings around the presence of code 629 on products, stressing it wasn’t an indication that the product was necessarily manufactured in Jebel Ali, but it indicates the headquarters of the company that issued the code.
Dubai's foreign trade in 2018 reached AED1.3 trillion and is predicted to be even greater this year.