A total of 26.2 million pieces of counterfeit goods were seized in 2017 in Dubai, valued at $517 million (AED1.9bn).
The figure, revealed the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in the Department of Economic Development (DED), was a 63% increase on last year's figure of AED1.16bn.
Shoes topped the list of counterfeit items confiscated, with 51,144 pieces worth approximately AED 400 million, accounting for 37% of the total value of the goods seized.
Bags and other leather products stood at 337,212 pieces worth AED 72.1 million, while 2.2 million cigarettes worth AED 338.7 million came third, followed by cosmetics at 5.9 million pieces worth AED 61.3 million and telephone accessories with 3.6 million pieces worth AED 50 million.
As many as 2.9 million packing cases worth AED 18.6 million were also confiscated, in addition to 2.5 million pieces of perfumes worth AED 34.5 million and 2.3 million construction materials worth AED 14.2 million.
Mohammed Ali Rashid Lootah, CEO of CCCP, said, ''Business competitiveness is essentially linked to transparency and fairness as well as protection of intellectual property rights.''
The goods confiscated in 2017 included imitations of luxury brands, such as AED 400 million worth of shoes, 1,908 pieces of jewellery worth AED 29.5 million and 149,321 mobile phones worth AED 44.4 million, according to Ibrahim Behzad, Director of Intellectual Property Rights Management in DED.
A live demonstration of destroying counterfeit goods was also part of the meeting.
Behzah warned consumers of the health dangers of counterfeit goods, and urged them to resist the lure of cheaper prices, calling on them to report the abuses to DED Consumer Protection through the call center number 600 54 5555, or the Twitter handle @Dubai_consumers.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.
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