DED adds new fines to list of violations by companies

implemented to curb wrongful practices

ABU DHABI 19 July 2017: The Department of Economic Development (DED) Abu Dhabi, has announced the enforcement of amendments made to its Table of Fines in line with the Abu Dhabi Executive Council Resolution No. 47 for 2017 on the violations relating to businesses or establishments licensed for economic activities as per Article 6 of Law No 2 of 2009.

The amendments come in response to the DED monitoring of repeated violations committed by establishments licensed for economic activities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, said Mohamed Munif Al Mansouri, the Acting Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Business Centre for Business, an DED affiliate, noting that the new additions are premised to curb wrongful practices that fly in the face of economic laws and regulations applied in the emirate and ultimately help reinforce the investment-friendly environment in the country.

They cover those violations made by establishments licensed for economic activities, or at their premises:

  • Advertising hoardings
  • Advertisements and trademarks
  • Trade fraud
  • Consumer protection
  • Activities of their vehicles
  • Infringements of industrial establishments licensed by the Industrial Development Bureau

Al Mansouri called upon all establishments to carefully go through the new amendments and to abide by relevant regulations in order to avoid such fines which range between formal warnings and varying fines as per the nature of violation.

Mr. Al Mansouri added that most of the fines are issued for activities carried out without obtaining required permissions and licenses or against those owning, marketing, producing, or purchasing fake or counterfeit goods, materials or products from unlicensed vendors, a market, or from outside the country for the purpose of marketing the same inside the UAE, and the selling, displaying, or owning of consumables or non-consumables or services that do not conform with the local standards and specifications, which could thus harm public or consumer health.

By Rajive Singh