Dubai seizes multi-million dollars' worth of fake designer goods
The $ 9.26 million seizures included items such as counterfeit handbags, watches and shoes of famous luxury brands
The Dubai police seized fake branded items worth $ 9.26 million (Dh 34 million) during the first two weeks of Ramadan, the UAE-based daily news website Gulf News reported Friday.
The seizures, which included items such as counterfeit handbags, watches and shoes of famous luxury brands, came as part of a campaign in collaboration with the department of Economic Development.
The campaign, which will be intensified over the next few days ahead of Eid al-Fitr, aims at protecting the intellectual property rights of the owners of the original brand name, Major General Khalil Ebrahim al-Mansouri, the assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said.
It also tries to prevent the spread of counterfeit goods and their negative effects on the economy and society.
Lieutenant Colonel Rashid Saleh Bin Thaboi, Deputy Director of the Anti-Economic Crime Department at the Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police, said apartments and storage areas were found in al Karama and the Gold Souq areas of Dubai.
Since the beginning of the campaign, around five merchandizers of fake goods are arrested every day, Lieutenant Colonel Rashid Saleh Bin Thaboi, the Deputy Director of the Anti-Economic Crime Department at the Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police, said.
Legal action is immediately taken against the people involved and they are transferred to prosecution, Bin Thaboi said adding that the apartments are shut down following the arrests.