‘Some shops in capital sell Danish products despite their boycott’

ABU DHABI — Some shopping centres and shops here do bluff consumers on purpose. They sell them Danish products despite a declared boycott and refusal of the Danish government to apologise.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Sun 4 Jun 2006, 10:25 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:20 PM

This was the major complaint Khaleej Times received from many readers. Consumers are very upset with these indifferent shopping malls and centres. They proved to be dishonest to consumers who deeply want to shun Danish products owing to the blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet (PBUH) earlier published by a Danish daily newspaper.

A public boycott was initiated against all products from Denmark following the offensive caricature. They were withdrawn from shopping centres as part of the boycott.

Nonetheless, all the shopping centres filled their shelves with Danish products paying no attention to people's attitudes and stances, and even without Denmark's apology.

Abdullah Khaled, a Khaleej Times reader, says: "Abu Dhabi shopping centers bluffed consumers and sold them boycotted Danish products. I once bought a dairy product. Later, I discovered that it was made in Denmark. My wife got angry with me, and wondered

how I bought such "filthy" products from a country that arrogantly defamed our great Prophet (peace be upon him), and neither it nor its government wanted to express apology. Was it that easy for you? It was a great shock to us all. I rushed back to the centre, and angrily requested a comment on that violation.

A senior official replied that all Abu Dhabi shopping centers are no more boycotting Danish products, despite Denmark's non-apology, and even without referring to consumers. I returned the dairy product and confirmed that I am still boycotting everything related to Denmark."

Khaleej Times received another phone call from Nasser Mohammed who said: "It is a must for the UAE government to absolutely ban all Danish imports. This is the least thing we can do to show our love and respect to our dear prophet (Peace be upon Him). Consumers also need to pay more attention and watch the products whatsoever they buy. Boycott enforced against Danish products must continue to protect our dignity and express our respect and love to our Prophet (peace be upon him).

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