Ajman bakers warned over price hike

AJMAN — The Ajman Municipality has ordered that all bakery owners in the emirate, who hiked the price of bread recently without its prior approval, should revert back to the earlier retail price.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Sun 25 Feb 2007, 8:30 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:35 AM

The Ajman Municipality has also intensified its market price control campaign following the recent price hike of ‘Samoon’ bread in particular, a popular bread variety consumed by a large majority of Arab nationals.

The bakeries have raised the price of samoon bread and other bakery items from 25 fils to a dirham. Earlier, a pack of six samoon bread was sold at 75 fils, but now the price at most bakeries ranges from Dh1.25 to Dh1.50 per pack.

Bakery owners say they have raised the prices of their products, including samoon bread, due to a hike in the price of various ingredients such as flour, wheat, milk, butter, etc. A public notice regarding this hike in price was recently issued by most bakeries in Arabic, English and Urdu. They admitted that they did not specifically notify the municipal authorities about this price hike.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Saif Salim Al Shamsi, Director-General of Ajman Municipality, said the Municipality has intensified its campaign to control the prices of bread and other essential products. “The municipality will not tolerate such violations of the local rules and regulations, or the exploitation of consumers where such essential items like bread are concerned.”

Al Shamsi said, “ The municipality does not approve of the new prices and any such price hike should first be sanctioned by the municipality and the general secretariat of UAE Municipalities.”

He warned the errant bakery owners to revert back to the earlier prices of their bakery products. The market price control committee and the ongoing inspections would curb any illegal move of this kind. It increases the burden on consumers who are anyway unable to cope with the price hike of food products as well as high rents, Al Shamsi pointed out.

Al Amin Moosa from Al Madina Bakery said that other bakery items like cookies are being sold by kg weight and their prices vary according to the product.

Another bakery owner said, “Our customers are still buying our products without any complaints.”

Meanwhile, Sawsan Al Tayeb, a housewife said she has noticed that those which have not increased their price have reduced the size of their loaves of bread, or reduced the number of pieces per pack.

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