Emirates Consumer Protection: Battling Fraud and Resource Misuse

The Emirates Consumer Protection Association has recently witnessed a surge in citizens reaching out to report instances of "sham localization." Concerns have been raised about the authenticity of localization practices, prompting inquiries into the agencies responsible for handling complaints related to fraudulent localization.

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Association's Role in Addressing Sham Localization

Contrary to popular belief, the association clarified that it is not a competent authority for receiving complaints regarding "sham nationalization." Instead, it serves as an advisory body, guiding citizens when faced with such challenges. The association directs complainants to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and emphasizes the need for citizens' awareness and education to combat fake resettlement practices.

The Negative Impact of Fake Nationalization

Mohammed Khalifa Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Consumer Protection Association, categorizes fake nationalization as a criminal act involving fraud, forgery, and a misuse of public funds. He highlights the provision of false job opportunities to citizens, solely for fraudulent purposes and with government support.

Strict Measures and Administrative Fines

Al Muhairi stresses the significance of implementing strict measures and administrative fines to curb the prevalence of sham nationalization. The association aligns itself with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, endorsing penalties for violating companies. Initial fines can reach up to 100,000 dirhams, escalating to 300,000 dirhams for subsequent offenses and up to 500,000 dirhams upon repeated violations.

Ministry's Vigilance and Penalties

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation actively monitors and penalizes companies engaged in sham nationalization, with penalties ranging from fines to referral to the Public Prosecution. Al Muhairi commends the Ministry's role in detecting violations through consistent inspections of establishments.

Importance of Compliance with the "Nafis" Program

Highlighting the state's commitment to supporting citizens, Al Muhairi references the "Nafis" program, allocating 24 billion dirhams to enhance citizens' competitive efficiency. He urges private companies to refrain from fraud and forgery, emphasizing adherence to laws and the implementation of the "Nafis" program to ensure ethical practices and legal compliance.

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