U.A.E. Consumers! Check this Out…

Food prices slashed up to 40% across U.A.E – Khaleej Times, March 2, 2011.

Abu Dhabi – In support of consumers, the prices of essential foodstuff have been slashed by up to 40 percent across the country’s supermarkets during the entire month of March, said Dr. Hashim Al Nuwaimi, Director of Consumer Protection Department, Ministry of Economy on Tuesday.

Al Nuwaimi announced it while inaugurating the “Sixth GCC during March”, campaign in the Capital.

Al Nuwaimi said the reduced prices range between 20 and 40 percent on essential commodities which include flour, milk, tea, rice, sugar, oil, canned food, coffee, pasta, sauce, biscuits and other products. These products would be displayed separately in the super markets, he said. A number of representatives from different leading co-operative societies and hypermarkets took part in the launch of the campaign and expressed support for consumers by not increasing the prices of various edible and non-edible commodities.

Most of the participating hypermarket agreed to reduce the prices by up to 40 percent during the March month, while some supermarkets would continue to offer a 30 percent discount after this month, too.

The UAE celebrated the Gulf Consumer Protection Day (GCPD) on March 1 to raise awareness on consumer rights and prevent unwanted spending, thus helping families better manage their financial resources.

The GCPD is the result of the GCC Council’s determination to spread awareness on consumer protection across the region and educate the public. Since its introduction in 2005, the GCPD has grown in stature and acceptance.

Al Nuwaimi advised people to think about the family budget and prepare a list of necessary materials and not to be influenced by tempting advertisements. He also urged consumers to read food labels carefully before buying the food stuff and double check its production and expiry dates.

During this month, the Ministry of Economy, along with co-operative societies and hypermarkets, will distribute brochures and booklets to make consumers aware of their rights.

Discounts at:
• Supermarkets taking part in the 6th GCC Consumer Protection Day.
• Lulu Hypermarkets (all its branches in the country).
• Carrefour.
• Union Co-operative Society.
• Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society – all branches.
• Baniyas Co-operative Society.
• Al Ain Co-operative Society.
• Ras Al Kamiah Co-operative Society.
• Consumer Co-operative Society.

Geeta Chhabra

Geeta Chhabra Comment Form
Form a link. Comment inside the box below. Your views will be published in a coming edition.