The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) is in the process of conducting weekly inspection and control campaigns in a number of major centres in the Western Region. The campaign has been recently initiated in both Zayed City and Liwa within the framework of a supervisory plan designed to ensure the availability of an ideal economic environment, customer protection coupled with supporting investors through enforcing regulations and laws related to engaging in business activities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.“Such campaigns being directly supervised by heads of inspection and control, customer protection, as well as of agencies and trademarks sections have been within the context of an annual plan being implemented by the DED in Abu Dhabi, the Western Region and Al Ain,” Mr. Mohammed Rashed Al Rumaithi, Director of the DED’s Business Protection Division, said, stressing that “The DED is keen to boost and intensify the supervisory role in the Western Region, which has started to witness a large-scale business activity and movement in the light of projects’ expansion there besides the wise Government of Abu Dhabi’s interest in both developing the major centres in the Western Region and enhancing their role in the emirate’s economic development.”Recent campaigns conducted in the two centres of Zayed City and Liwa have revealed the existence of numerous violations the DED is trying to tackle by means of addressing preliminary notices aimed at getting the conditions of violators, including owners of business shops, rectified.During these visits more than 40 warnings were issued, and 3 violations were lodged in this regard against a number of shops, some of which sell counterfeit goods, within efforts to combat this phenomenon. In addition, a number of street vendors of different nationalities, were ticketed especially those who gather in front of mosques after Friday prayers in, and in popular shopping centers. Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi, Director of Commercial Protection called on citizens and residents in the western region not to deal with these groups, and to call the Consumer Protection Department toll-free on (8008811) for help and assistance. “These campaigns are going to continue so as to ensure non-occurrence of such uncivilized phenomena and those who engage in them shall be held as violators and their goods are to be confiscated and submitted to the Red Crescent Authority as part of a project of “Keeping the Blessings” in coordination and co-operation with the police personnel,” he underlined, saying that “In the course of conducting such campaigns, it has been noticeable that a large number of citizens and expatriates is dealing with those peddlers who do not fulfill security and safety prerequisites, nor are they licensed to practise such an activity, chiefly those who sell vegetables, foodstuffs and consumer items as these are open to both sun rays and harmful environmental pollutants the dangers of which are not discerned by customers owing to the lack of sufficient awareness and culture.”As part of enlightening and educating customers in the Western Region, ensuring the communication of a civilized scene, as well as of curbing illegal phenomena and practices, Mr. Al Rumaithi stated that: “A team of the DED’s inspectors is going in the course of the upcoming campaign to distribute tri-lingual guiding and instructional booklets in Arabic, English and Urdu out to customers and investors in markets and shopping centres. Such manuals include customers’ rights and duties, how to tackle reporting these practices besides warning against the risks of dealing with imitated and forged goods and with other infringements.Furthermore, in line with the DED’s plan in the Western Region, the Business Protection Division is going over the forthcoming period to carry out a number of campaigns intended to increase customers’ awareness of customer protection-related laws by means of distributing awareness publications and printed materials all around the year, as well as of utilizing a number of activities and events being organized in the Western Region at the fore of which are the Gulf Day for Consumer Protection and the Exhibition on Fighting Commercial Fraud and Deceit.