Abu Dhabi Business Center of the Department of Economic Development organized at ADDED’s headquarters a workshop meant to keep owners of ladies beauty salons in Abu Dhabi, informed of rules and regulations governing the activity, and the requirements and conditions involved to protect customers and ensure their safety.Ahmed Taresh Al Qubaisi, Acting Director of the Commercial Protection Division of the Department of Economic Development, said that the workshop was part of a series of workshops organized by the Department on a regular basis to inform businessmen in different activities, particularly those linked directly to consumers and the general public, with the aim of maintaining an ideal business environment, and free and fair competition based on justice and transparency.The workshop focused on the obligations and responsibilities of the owners of ladies salon, in a move to strengthen contacts and cooperation between the Department and the owners of this salable popular activity in the Emirate. It aimed at familiarizing business owners with the laws and regulations set by the Department; and how to avoid any errors and malpractice that may result in violation of laws and regulations.” Al Qubaisi said.Owners of ladies salons were provided with informative presentations focused on the importance of the safe environment for consumer and community members, and the need abide by policies, rules and regulations related to consumer protection, to ensure that consumers get quality goods and services, in a healthy and appropriate environment. Violations of consumer protection included the absence of price lists, sellers refraining from showing list to consumers or handing them out to concerned officials upon request. Penalties and fines imposed for such violations range between AED1000 to AED 6,000. Malpractice in violation of rules and regulations includes refusal to give a bill or an invoice which requires violators to receive a notice in addition to fines reaching up to AED 8000. Non compliance with fixed prices entitles fines ranging between AED 2000 and AED 10,000 Fines for price discrimination among consumers start with AED 2000 and reaches AED 8000.The workshop emphasized that allowing the presence of men in places specifically licensed for women, or vice versa, with the exception of authorized licenses and activities, involves a notification for the first time, and fines up to AED 12,000. Imposing additional services or forcing consumers to take additional services, requires a fine of AED 5,000 to AED 20,000.The workshop also focused on the role of the Trademark Section to combat commercial fraud and counterfeiting in protection of trademarks and intellectual property. The Trade Marks Section welcomes complaints from owners of the original Trademarks, and conducts inspection against counterfeited products. It was stressed that counterfeited products which include makeup, accessories, bags, etc. should not be sold in salons, and street vendors should not be allowed to sell in such places. Ladies salons must comply with regulations and refrain from using fraudulent products such as make-ups, hair dyes, skin care creams for their customers.