Dubai's Trakhees Intensifies Inspections, Uncovers 450 Violations

The Department of Planning and Development (Trakhees), the regulatory body overseeing Dubai's Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, significantly ramped up its inspection efforts in retail establishments across its designated zones in 2023. The department conducted a staggering 22,249 inspections throughout the year, resulting in the issuance of 450 citations for various violations.

This marked a substantial increase from 2022, with the number of inspections conducted by Trakhees' Commercial and Retail Inspection Department more than doubling year-on-year. In 2022, the department carried out 10,692 inspections, uncovering 220 violations.

Abdullah Belhoul, CEO of Trakhees, emphasized the department's methodical approach to inspections. He explained that Trakhees meticulously plans and schedules inspection tours across various sectors to ensure comprehensive oversight.

The intensified inspections reflect Trakhees' commitment to safeguarding consumer rights and maintaining a level playing field for businesses within Dubai's free zones. By proactively identifying and addressing violations, Trakhees helps to ensure the quality, safety, and legitimacy of products and services offered at retail establishments.

The specific nature of the violations identified during the inspections was not disclosed. However, it can be reasonably assumed that they likely encompassed a range of issues, such as non-compliance with licensing regulations, improper product labeling, or violations of health and safety standards.

Trakhees' increased enforcement efforts are likely to be welcomed by consumers and businesses alike. Consumers benefit from the added assurance that the products they purchase are safe and legitimate, while businesses that adhere to regulations can operate with the confidence that they are competing on a fair playing field.

The department's focus on inspections is just one aspect of its broader mission to foster a thriving business environment within Dubai's free zones. Trakhees also offers a variety of services to support businesses, including streamlined licensing procedures, efficient customs clearance processes, and world-class infrastructure.

By providing a robust regulatory framework coupled with efficient business support services, Trakhees is well-positioned to solidify Dubai's free zones as a premier destination for international commerce and investment.

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