By Gavin Gibbon
Fines handed out to five pharmacies, a supply company, supermarket and factory in the emirate
Nine companies in Dubai have been fined for inflating the price of face masks.
The Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector of Dubai Economy revealed the fines were handed out to five pharmacies in Al Quoz 1, Al Mizhar, Al Warqa 1 and Al Sabkha as well as a supply company, and supermarket.
A factory, selling goods online at higher prices, was also fined.
Any repeat offences will result in a doubling of the fine and could lead to the closure of the outlet.
Dubai Economy has urged businesses to refrain from taking 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 report any negative practices, especially those relating to prices of basic needs, on the Price.ded.ae portal launched recently, or by calling 600 54 55 55.