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Abu Dhabi seizes over 9,000 fake products in Q2

ABU DHABI, September 1, 2019

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) confiscated a total of 9,148 counterfeit products in 31,325 inspection visits on commercial establishments within the emirate’s three cities during the second quarter of this year.

The division conducted 15,126 inspections in Abu Dhabi city; 10,860 in Al Ain city; and 5,339 in Al Dhafra region, reported Emirates news agency Wam, citing the second quarter report of the commercial activity released by the ADDED's Commercial Protection Division.

Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, said that the department is doubling its efforts to protect consumers by monitoring the compliance of commercial establishments in the capital to existing regulations and laws. By doing so, it is helping improve Abu Dhabi’s business climate and ensuring that companies operate in a competitive and sustainable environment.

According to the report, the seized counterfeit products comprised auto spare parts, electronic devices, clothing, accessories, and cosmetics. A total of 3,234 items were confiscated in Abu Dhabi city and 5,914 in Al Ain city.

The number of sequestered goods during the second quarter of 2019 went down compared to 9,294 counterfeit and adulterated products seized during the same period last year. This decline indicates that ADDED’s efforts to fight trading of fake items are yielding positive results, and that the department remains committed to preserving the rights of trademark owners and protect consumers from fraud.



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