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Dubai inspectors fine 113 Dragon Mart stores for counterfeit goods

Inspectors impose Dh100,000 in fines on 113 stores at Dragon Mart for violations

  • By Deena Kamel YousefStaff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 June 23, 2011
  • Gulf News

Dubai: The Dubai Government appears to have taken a zero-tolerance policy against fake products with officials seizing a large chunk of counterfeits.

During a recent raid on Dragon Mart, the Department of Economic Development (DED) seized 2,500 fake goods from the popular Chinese market in Dubai, according to a DED official.

The inspectors imposed Dh100,000 in fines on 113 stores found violating intellectual property rights, Abdullah Al Shehi, Director of Commercial Protection, told Gulf News.

Bags, shoes, clothes

The counterfeit products included bags, shoes and clothes imitating high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Crocs, he said.

The Chinese knock-offs will meet their demise in a large shredder at the back of a van near the DED's Al Qusais offices and the remains will be recycled.

The DED began an awareness campaign against counterfeit products targeting Dragon Mart at the beginning of the year.

Copyright

The campaign and brochures were all in Mandarin in an attempt to educate vendors on copyright laws, he added.

Earlier this year, the DED destroyed 453,000 fake goods it confiscated last year.

The department issues warnings, imposes fines ranging from Dh5,000 to Dh20,000, and closes the establishments of repeat offenders for up to 90 days.

Trading in fake goods is especially popular in Bur Dubai markets, but the free zones are also potential entry points for the products into the country.

Counterfeit costs $600 billion a year

It is estimated that counterfeiting costs $600 billion a year globally, according to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC).

Approximately five to seven per cent of world trade is in counterfeit goods, the IACC estimates.

Consumers can file complaints about counterfeit goods by logging on to www.consumerrights.ae or dialling the complaints hotline on 600-54-5555.

 

Comments (1)

  1. Added 15:41 June 23, 2011

    It a bad news, i'm a middle income consumer. i think i most satisfy in the fake goods like bags, perfumes. For example If i buy an original brand of perfume it will cost around Dh400 per bottle and the fragnace/smell remains on the clothes for maximum 1 to 2 hrs. But the same fragnance i can get for just Dh30 will also remain on clothes for 1 hr.

    fatima, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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