The total number of new business licenses issued in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the first quarter of this year reached 1999 commercial licenses, while 18,539 licenses were renewed during the same period, bringing the total number of commercial licenses in the Emirate to more than 104,000 licenses.The Commercial Activity Report Q1/2013 for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi released by Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development Business Center stated that 1,328 new commercial, professional and crafts licenses were issued in the city of Abu Dhabi, 397 in the Eastern Region and 274 new licenses in the Western Region.The report indicated that 10,876 licenses for commercial, professional and crafts activities were renewed in Abu Dhabi 5,823 license in the Eastern Region and 1,839 licenses in Western RegionThe Acting Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Business Center, Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi, said that the business activity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is progressing fast with the efforts of the Department of Economic Development and the Business Centre services for businessmen and investors.Al Rumaithi noted that the business center is embarking on the provision of a package of electronic services that will greatly ease doing business and enhance the competitiveness of the business environment.The report stated that 730 licenses were canceled during the first quarter of this year, including 370 licenses in Abu Dhabi, 293 license in the Eastern Region and 67 licenses in the Western Region.Al Rumaithi said that the Emirate is seeking to achieve a qualitative leap in the level of business activity in the Emirate, to meet business needs and expectations, and increase the contribution of business activities to the Emirate's GDP.Al Rumaithi explained that canceled licenses were in active for more than two years, and cancellation of licenses which were unauthorized to operate in the city of Abu Dhabi, noting that some of the activities were moved out of the island, such as cars showrooms, auto spare parts, professional activities such as carpentry, construction works, aluminum and others.The report cited more than 10,059 commercial transactions conducted in the first quarter, including permits, letters, violations, licenses and trade names, related to 29 business activities. These transactions served 6899 establishments in Abu Dhabi, 1859 in Al Ain and 1301 in the Western Region.The report said that the activities that mostly attracted businessmen during the first quarter, included commission agents for non retail trade, specialized services, construction, contracting, maintenance, transportation, spare parts, supplies, furniture, house wares, antiques, computers and software, telecommunications, leisure, textiles and garments, and tanned leather.The report mentioned that commercial activities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the first quarter of 3013, involved 12,223 transactions concerning sole proprietorship establishments. Abu Dhabi captured 6280 of these transactions, Al Ain acquired 4416 and the Western Region processed 1527 transaction for sole proprietorship establishments.Limited liability companies made 4110 transaction processed in the first quarter, including 3050 in Abu Dhabi, 848 in Al Ain and 212 in the Western Region. Branches of companies and establishments followed with a total of 2053 processed transactions, including 1450 in Abu Dhabi 520 in Al Ain and 83 transactions in the western Region.Public shareholding companies according to the report processed 26 transactions. 19 of these were conducted in Abu Dhabi, 6 were processed in Al Ain and one in the Western Region. Private shareholding companies conducted 13 processed transactions in the city of Abu Dhabi during the first quarter of this year.Public partnership companies processed 77 transactions, out of which 55 were in Abu Dhabi, 19 in Al Ain and 3 transactions were processed in the Western Region. Cooperative societies in Abu Dhabi made 6 transactions and crafts activities had 11 transactions processed (8 in Abu Dhabi and 3 in the Western Region). Limited partnership companies accounted for 60 transactions in total, including 43 in Abu Dhabi, 11 in Al Ain and 6 in the Western region. Professional activities registered 8 processed transactions, out of which 5 were in Abu Dhabi and 3 in Al Ain. Electronic transactions conducted online through ADDED's website amounted to 423 transactions, including 33 issuance of commercial licenses and 290 trade name bookings.Al Rumaithi said that Abu Dhabi Business Center is currently working on upgrading integrated electronic packages to provide online electronic licensing services within the strategy to activate e-linkages with more than 20 local and federal government entities at the end of the year, to account for of electronic processing of 90% of commercial licensing transactions.According to the quarterly report 242 violations were filed against business establishments in Abu Dhabi and for not abiding by laws, rules and regulations relating to business, which centered mostly around practicing of unauthorized activities, prices, commercial fraud, or the city general appearance regulations.According to the report, the Control and Inspection Unit of the Commercial Protection Section, during the first quarter, carried out 42,179 field visits in the city of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, the Western and Eastern Regions, Musafah, Al Shahama and Al Wathba. Al Rumaithi said that during the first quarter of 2013, campaigns against street vendors were launched in coordination with the Preservation of Grace Red Crescent project, to monitor vegetable and fruit in areas of Abu Dhabi City, Al Shamkha, Al Falah, Bani Yas, Al Wathba, Al Ain and Musafah.Campaigns on diesel trade at musafah industrial area were coordinated with ADNOC, the General Directorate of Civil Defence and Abu Dhabi Police, during which violations were filed against unlicensed dealers.The report stated that the Consumer Protection Section during the first quarter of 2013 received 567 complaints about high prices, 266 complaints concerning after sales service, 119 complaints against bad service and 91 complaints on commercial fraud.Al Rumaithi explained that Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development receives complaints from consumers through the toll free number (8008811) or through direct contact with the Consumer Protection Section, noting that resolving complaints takes two to three working days on average, while complicated complaints are referred to the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Economy. According to the report, the Consumer Protection Section instructed that three pricing lists for different services should be fixed in ladies beauty salons in Abu Dhabi, and 29 price lists for services in gent's salons in the Emirate. According to Al Rumaithi, the Abu Dhabi Business Center implements an action plan in coordination with the Consumer Protection Section to ensure that price lists and price tags for goods and services are fixed by shops.The Abu Dhabi Business Center report mentioned that the Trademark Section during the first quarter of 2013 received 19 complaints from consumers and trademark owners, noting that the Section conducted implemented during the same period 2683 field in which 15,939 counterfeited and fake items belonging to different market brand were confiscated. These items were valued at AED 13.750 million.Around 1107 violations were filed, according to the report, by Abu Dhabi Business Center during the first quarter of 2013 in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, including 654 in Abu Dhabi City, 226 in Musafah, 36 in Al Wathba, 42 in the Al Shahama, 77 in Al Ain, 36 in Gayathi, 19 in Madinat Zayed and 17 violations in Liwa.Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi, Acting Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Business Centre emphasized that the Center is keen to monitor and curb all violations, through campaigns and field visits, noting that such offences are limited, and confined to practicing of unauthorized activities, violating of rules and conditions concerning display of merchandise and the aesthetic appearance of the city, in addition to price manipulation, fraud and other prohibited practices prohibited by thee the Federal Law On Suppression of Fraud and Deceit in Commercial Transactions.