Umbrellas in demand as heat worsens

ABU DHABI — Shopkeepers in Abu Dhabi are making hay while the sun shines. They are doing brisk business as the sale of umbrellas, among other commodities, has gone up for two reasons — the scorching summer heat and expatriates, particularly Asians, going home on vacation.

By Anwar Ahmad (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Sun 13 Jul 2008, 1:29 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:11 PM

The shopkeepers in Abu Dhabi told this reporter, "During summer, we usually set up a sale of umbrellas. As of now, many workers going on vacation tend to include umbrellas in the shopping list. Another reason is the monsoon season in the Subcontinent which makes umbrellas an ideal gift."

The prices of umbrellas are not high. A China-made umbrella is being sold at Dh13-15 depending on its quality, while the small ones are available at Dh5-8. In the middle of January this year, there was a shortage of umbrellas when the country received record rainfall. The shopkeepers in the capital cleared their old stocks and sold umbrellas at Dh13 each, charging an extra Dh5 because of the shortage.

However, with import of fresh stocks, there are enough umbrellas in the market.

"During the summer season we sell more umbrellas than at any other time during the year," said Ahmad Masood, a shopkeeper at Hamdan Street in Abu Dhabi.

"We bring these umbrellas from Sharjah, as of now, we do not have shortage and the prices are the same as we sold earlier," said Abdul Rehman, another shopkeeper at Elektra Street.

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