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Dubai seizes $2.6m of fake cosmetics

More than 1.2m duplicates of well-known brands seized from warehouse in emirate

Dubai seizes $2.6m of fake cosmetics
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Customs authorities in Dubai have seized AED9.5m ($2.6m) of counterfeit cosmetics after raiding a warehouse in the emirate.

The Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection division confiscated 1.2m products at the site in Ras Al Khor, a statement said.

The goods included duplicates of well-known brands, including 756,000 mascaras, 240,000 face powders and 120,000 other items such as lipsticks.

A statement from the department said that the warehouse has been fined and the seized products will be destroyed to avoid any hazards to public health.

"DED seeks to protect brands and trademarks against violations in accordance with the policy of the Dubai Government to enhance economic activity and uphold intellectual property. We are determined to curb any activity that cause harm to public health as well as the health of the market," said Adel Ahmed, head of section at the intellectual property department.

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