By Beatrice Thomas
Sultanate announces plan to deploy team of specialists to monitor prices, quality
Oman has become the latest Gulf state to launch a crackdown on retailers, with the Sultanate announcing it would deploy a team of specialists to monitor pricing and quality control.
Three weeks after Dubai authorities unveiled Accurate Balance in a bid to check the accuracy of weighing scales in shops, Oman has said consumer protection departments in the governorates had launched their own major drive.
Issa bin Said Al Sa'eedi, head of consumer services and market surveillance in the Al Buraimi Governorate, was quoted in the Times of Oman as saying that several teams of specialists had “fanned out” to track various retailers.
One team was tasked with monitoring prices at wholesale stores, while another was keeping track of prices at commercial centres.
A third team was following rates at beauty salons and women's tailoring shops while yet another has been designated to receive complaints and calls.
Several circulars and awareness publications have been created to advertise the program, asking concerned stakeholders not to hike prices, the Times said.
As well, the Consumer Protection Department in the wilayat of Al Rustaq in the South Al Batinah governorate had met with owners of small shops and commercial centres in the Governorate.
Under Dubai’s Accurate Balance scheme, the Dubai Municipality said its Central Laboratory would check the accuracy of weighing scales in “all types of commercial outlets”.
It would verify weighing machines in supermarkets, hypermarkets, sweet shops, cooperative stores, butchery shops, restaurants, fish and vegetable markets, cargo companies and airports.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.