Dubai shuts down online counterfeit goods sellers
Dubai Department of Economic Development closes nearly 5,000 social media accounts for selling fake goods
As many as 4,879 social media accounts and 30 websites have been shut down as part of a plan by Dubai's Department of Economic Development (DED) to remove e-commerce retailers trading in counterfeit goods.
DED said its ongoing efforts are aimed at protecting brands' authenticity and maintaining Dubai's leading position as a trade hub, according to news agency WAM.
"Social networking accounts have come in handy for many who trade in counterfeit goods nowadays," according to Ebrahim Behzad, director of Intellectual Property Rights Protection Management at Duba's DED.
Behzad said his team will continue to prevent misuses of modern technology and protect Dubai's business reputation.
"Our team works for 24 hours to keep monitoring social networking sites and digital platforms used for promoting and selling fake goods and counterfeit commodities," he said.
The director pointed out that fake products sold online included bags, perfumes, watches, cosmetic products and others.
Shops and warehouses found to be selling counterfeit goods were also shut down by the DED.
Behzad urged consumers to resist temptations of opting for or promoting fake products, which negatively affect the rights of traders and the health and safety of consumers.
In 2017, over 26 million fake goods worth AED1 billion ($270m) were seized in Dubai.