By Parag Deulgaonkar
Economy Ministry says savings amount to more than $81m, an increase of $13m compared to last Ramadan
Over 10,000 products will be sold at a discount in cooperatives and supermarkets across the UAE during Ramadan, according to the Ministry of Economy.
The discount campaigns, held before and during Ramadan, are valued at $81.74 million (AED300m), an increase of $13.63m (AED50m) compared to similar campaigns held during last Ramadan.
On Sunday, the Islamic Crescents Observation Project said the first day of Ramadan will fall on Saturday (May 27). However, the UAE Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee hasn’t confirmed the date.
Dr Hashim Saeed Al Nuaimi, director of the ministry’s consumer protection department and rapporteur of the supreme committee for consumer protection, said discounts will range from 50 to 75 percent on most of the goods, with “selected” commodities being sold at cost price.
The ministry will also conduct 450 field visits during Ramadan, which will cover cooperative societies, outlets, grocery stores, and meat, chicken and fish markets across the emirate. Last year, the ministry conducted 14,468 inspections, of which 11,605 were in related to consumer protection.
The ministry also said it expects daily imports of vegetables and fruits in Dubai market during Ramadan to reach 21,000 tonnes, while daily imports in Abu Dhabi to exceed 4,000 tonnes.
Al Nuaimi said the ministry will hold several awareness initiatives during Ramadan to protect consumers and enhance market stability.
Consumers can register their complaints on 600522225, with the call centre remaining open from 8am to midnight.
The ministry official confirmed that the number of fixed-price commodities for 2017 reached 4,500, up 15 percent over 2016.