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Dubai: After the price of vegetables saw minor price hike and meats stayed cheap at the start of the week, prices of oranges, apples and bananas rose during the remainder of the week, while the cost of some fish dropped.

When analysing price changes seen during the entire week, as expected, the changes that were seen in the costs of most grocery items, including the price of fruits, vegetables, most meats, poultry and seafood, were not all that significant – except for a few.

Cost of fish rise, poultry, and meats steady

Just before the week began, the cost of a couple of fish varieties – like Salmon and Seabream had spiked but, the good news is that those variant prices didn’t spike further. A similar trend was seen for the price of a kilo of shrimp too. So, if planning some seafood next week, now is your chance to stock up!

While price of non-vegetarian items that were constantly seen fluctuating earlier - like fresh chicken, most meats and some types of fish like Salmon and Seabream - remained largely unchanged, a kilo of Seabass and Hamour got much cheaper and the cost of lamb from Pakistan rose.

As the cost of poultry and red meats stayed the same since last weekend, in contrast to fluctuations seen a week before, plans to cook up a chicken or lamb dish this weekend - while in check - can definitely be set in motion without having to worry too much about higher costs.

Stock up on fruits and veggies that stay cheap!

The daily per kilogram costs for every variety of fruits and vegetables in the market has stayed the same, particularly during the second half of the week, making it ideal to get some shopping done ahead of the weekend!

The price of vegetables like onions and tomatoes – the most common staple products in almost every household – keep fluctuating back and forth during the course of any week. However, it was observed that this week saw minimal price changes in both the items, when compared to much fluctuations last week.

Here are the key highlights pertaining to price changes that were seen through the entire week

While the cost of most fish variants stayed the same, the price of Seabass Fish dropped by Dh4 from Tuesday, now costing Dh33.9 a kilo, while costing as much as Dh67.9.

Among other fish, Hamour was now Dh20.1 cheaper, a steep price drop from mid-week, now costing Dh45.9. The cost of Salmon fish rose by Dh8.1 from Saturday, but steadied slightly since with the price slipping back on Monday. A kilo of the protein-rich fish now starts at Dh40.

When it comes to other fish variants, although they stayed in check through the week so far, the cost of Seabream rose Dh4.1 and a kilo of small-sized Shrimp spiked Dh6 from Saturday. But like Salmon, the cost of Seabream dropped on Monday and stayed at that low-price level since. While Seabream now costs Dh35 for a kilo, starting price of shrimp is priced at DhDh37.9.

The cost of lamb meat, which generally stays unchanged, saw a slight variation towards the end of the week, with the price of the meat variant from Pakistan edging up by Dh2.8 to now cost Dh37.7 a-kilo.

Although the price of most grocery items largely stayed stable during the week, there were some price fluctuations seen for some fruits and vegetables. A kilo of bananas got slightly pricier, now costing Dh4.5 after rising by Dh1.3 from Saturday, but falling by 30fils on Monday.

The cost of oranges and apples rose this week. After at the beginning of the week costs edged up by 50 fils and 20 fils, respectively, oranges and apples now cost Dh5 each per kilo, rising another 50 fils and 20 fils – each – during the second half of the week.