By Andy Sambidge
Officials in Abu Dhabi, Dubai tour supermarkets in bid to protect consumers.
Food price inspectors are set to begin checks on Sunday on Abu Dhabi supermarkets in an effort to prevent price hikes in the run-up to Ramadan.
Last year the cost of some items rose by more than 17 percent in August while prices also rose in the first seven days of Ramadan, UAE daily The National reported on Sunday.
The paper said in the whole of August 2009, the price of fish and other seafood increased by 5.2 percent, pulses and dry grains were up by more than 17 percent and sugar, jam, honey, chocolate and confectionery by almost 16 percent.
Inspectors from the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development will begin its checks on Sunday to ensure that popular goods are available during the Holy Month and at reasonable prices.
“The ministry has adopted a mechanism to implement the plan through regular talks with the main suppliers of products, strict monitoring of outlets and encouraging suppliers to import products directly to get better prices,” Sultan bin Saeed al Mansouri, the Minister of Economy, told the paper.
Mahmoud al Baloushi, head of consumer protection at the DED, said: “We’ve already met suppliers to ensure that we can provide all the products that are valuable to Ramadan celebrations.”
The Department of Economic Development in Dubai has also begun field visits to food outlets and the fruit and vegetable market in the emirate to check market prices, it said in a statement issued on Saturday.
I am regular visitor to Adil in Sharjah, I was surprised to know they had increased the price of all food items including rice. They had come up with new marketing skills, before they used to sell the rice of bag in 25 kilos, now they had made to 20 kilos, very horrible price increase. I request the authorities to check all the shops of Adil same time and same day. so that they will no what these Adil managers doing.