Combating coronavirus: 7 establishments fined in Dubai for tampering with face mask prices


These include three pharmacies in Warsan, Al Qusais and Al Jaddaf.

Dubai has fined seven traders for tampering with prices of face masks, according to a statement issued on Monday.

The Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy has imposed fines on three pharmacies in Warsan, Al Qusais, and Al Jaddaf for tampering with the prices of face masks. Two supermarkets in Al Safa, a trading company in Dubai South, and a marine services company were the others fined, and it was also found that the marine services company was not licensed to sell face masks.

Dubai Economy acted against the traders following consumer complaints, and after follow-up and investigations that validated the allegations, and the traders were fined. A repeat offense would result in doubling of the fines and may lead to closing down of the outlets.

Dubai Economy reminded 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 report any negative practices, especially those relating to prices of basic needs, on the portal launched recently to expedite responses to consumer queries and complaints, or by calling 600 54 55 55, or through the Dubai Consumer app available on Apple, Google, and Huawei stores.