UAE residents, there’s no danger of being ripped off during the Holy Month as you do your weekly shopping! Government officials have said that they will be monitoring grocery prices during Ramadan to prevent any unauthorised increases.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the Minister of Economy, said that suppliers and retailers are not permitted to increase the prices of essential commodities during Ramadan without authorisation.
He added that “the ministry will conduct inspection visits to the shops and restaurants throughout the Holy Month to ensure their compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to consumer protection.”
In Abu Dhabi, the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) will also be watching for any price changes and will present a weekly report.
Statistics from SCAD show that there were some increases in prices in the week immediately preceding the start of Holy Month of Ramadan. According to their report, the price of fish increased by 3.6 per cent, that of meat increased by 1.2 per cent and that of legumes by 1.3 per cent, while the price of fruit fell by 3.4 per cent.
A SCAD spokesman said that this data will be given to the government to help them regulate prices.