By Gavin Gibbon
Investigations included nine pharmacies, two supermarkets and suppliers
Fourteen businesses in Dubai have been fined for inflating the price of hygiene essentials.
Dubai Economy has revealed that nine pharmacies in Nad Al Hamar, Al Mizhar, Nad Hessa, Sheikh Zayed Road, Hor Al Anz, A Twar, Al Qusais, Umm Suqaim and Al Warqa were punished for pushing up the price of face masks.
Two supermarkets and three suppliers were also fined for tampering with prices.
The inspections were carried out following customer complaints.
Outlets were warned that a repeat offence would result in double the fines and risks closure.
A statement said: “Dubai Economy reminds businesses to refrain from taking undue advantage of the present situation and also called on pharmacies and medical equipment suppliers to demonstrate their social responsibility by reducing the prices of essentials, such as face masks, sanitisers, and disinfectants.”
Consumers can raise their complaints and queries relating to price increases, including hygiene essentials, on the Price.ded.ae portal or by calling 600 54 55 55.