UAE starts pre-Ramadan crackdown on sneaky price-hikes
Ministry of Economy’s office in the Emirates has intensified price checks to ensure that all outlets, including super markets, groceries, salons and maintenance service shops, are not increasing prices.
Ministry’s office, in coordination with the municipality, has decided to unify the service charges taken by salons and AC maintenance shops.
The decision came after inspectors found them charging different prices for the same services during surprise inspections. The Ministry’s office has issued circulars to all salons in the emirate to bring their price lists to the office and the municipality to unify the charges.
Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Nuaimi, Director of the Ministry’s office said that the inspections would continue throughout Ramadan and till Eid to ensure that traders and service providers are not exploiting the season and cheat customers.
He added while talking to a news media that during the campaign, inspectors would first issue warning notices and then impose fines if the traders or service providers are found ignoring the price lists issued by the Consumer Protection Department of the ministry and charging customers according to their whim.
Yahya Al Reyaysa, Director-General of the Ajman Municipality, said municipal inspectors would intensify inspections at restaurants and food outlets to ensure that they are strictly following the hygiene conditions during the holy month. The inspectors will also focus on abattoirs and fish markets, as well as small traditional food shops. Al Reyaysa also said that inspectors and supervisors move around the city during the daytime in Ramadan to ensure that all restaurants and cafes are closed.
“Ramadan is the month of fasting and it’s illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public from sunrise to sunset during this period,” he pointed out.