Residents hail move to contain price hike

DUBAI — Residents have welcomed the formation of the Consumer Protection Committee following a decree issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to contain hikes in prices of all types of commodities.

By Afkar Abdullah And Amira Agarib

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Published: Thu 1 Feb 2007, 9:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:24 AM

Commercial establishments, however, said they were yet to go through the details on the policies of the new committee, headed by Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Economy.

Khaleej Times spoke to a cross-section of people who hoped that the committee would play a vital role in bringing down the high costs of living in the Emirates.

Welcoming the decision to form the committee, Fatima Al Sari, a member of the Dubai Women Association, said it should formulate a strategy to fix the prices of all staple food items.

Mohammed Al Muwailihi, a government employee, said, “The Consumer Protection Association failed to tackle the issue. I hope the new committee would issue policies, regulations and rules to organise the market.”

Leila Al Matroushi, a UAE national living in Ajman, lauded the initiative. She said earlier she filed numerous complaints with the association, but to no avail.

However, Mohammed H, an official in Carrefour hypermarket, said, “We still have no detailed information on the committee. I believe that a new law will help in protecting consumer rights. I hope the committee will be able to fine companies found violating laws.”

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