Come Ramadan, and one is always full of love, positivity and loads and loads of discounts. This year is no different; in fact, it only seems more promising than last year. The UAE ministry of Economy announced that retail outlets will offer discounts on 10,000 items, allowing residents in UAE to save AED300 million in total. Sounds fantastic, isn't it?
Director of consumer protection at the Ministry, Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, said at a press conference, that was held to announce preparations for the holy month, that discounts will be available across 600 hypermarkets, supermarkets and cooperative societies.
"On certain essential commodities, like rice, flour and poultry for instance, the discounts will be as high as 50 to 75 percent, and some products will even be sold at cost price during the holy month," Dr Hashim told Gulf News.
If you compare the savings from last year, AED50million more is being offered to consumers through the various discounts. Ramadan in the UAE always sees a significant increase in sales especially for essential commodities and food items.
While 21,000 tons of fresh produce is expected to be imported daily in Dubai, Abu Dhabi imports are expected to exceed 4,000 tons during the holy month. "We also have 125,000 tons of produce in stock, and this is bigger because of the improved refrigeration capabilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai markets," said Dr Al Nuaimi.
The Ministry definitely guarantees a positive Ramadan experience which is why in order to ensure that residents are not exploited through higher prices during the month of fasting, it will conduct 450 scheduled and random inspections on retail outlets. They are also urging residents to reach out to the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry with their concerns, if any.
With all these systems in place, including the placement of five cannons across Dubai, we are sure your fasting experience will be better than ever.