By Neil Halligan
Seizures are part of police crackdown on counterfeit goods
Dubai Police have seized fake brands worth $9.2m (AED37 million) during the first 15 days of Ramadan, according to a report in Gulf News.
The seizures were part of a campaign, in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development, to crackdown on the fake big-brand goods that are on sale on a wide scale during the holy month.
Among the items seized were counterfeit watches, handbags, women’s clothes and accessories, eye-glasses, pens and scarves, all of which were made to look like being from famous luxury brands.
Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, told Gulf News that the campaign will be intensified over the next few days leading up to Eid, as the number of counterfeit goods increases during this period.
Lieutenant Colonel Rashid Saleh Bin Thaboi, Dubai Police, said they found apartments and storage areas in Al Karama and the Gold Souq areas that stored the counterfeit goods.
Those caught are with the goods are arrested and brought before the courts. The apartments are shutdown and the names of the owners of the apartments are put on the black list.
He said the teams raid the apartments, seize the fake goods and arrest those involved.