Dubai's DED sets price cap on face masks and groceries

Economic body informs residents of maximum prices at shops and pharmacies

Dubai’s DED sets price cap on face masks and groceries

Dubai Economy has set a maximum price retailers and pharmacies can charge for household items, meats, fruits, essential items and, importantly, personal protective equipment like face masks and hand sanitiser in Dubai.

In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, if you're leaving the house to buy groceries or essential supplies you must firstly acquire a move permit from Dubai Government (click here for more information on how to do that), but must also do so while wearing gloves and a face mask.

In the wake of unprecedented demand for personal protective gear and increased demand for household groceries, Dubai Economy has moved to put in place price caps on products, and has urged consumers to report outlets that exceed the maximum charges that are in place.

The cost of face masks has been capped at a maximum of Dhs2 per mask, meaning a pack of 50 disposable masks should cost no more than Dhs100, wherever you shop. Sanitisers have been capped at Dhs27 per piece, up to a volume of 200ml.

Fruit, veg and meat have a variety of prices capped per kilo, see below for the most recent, full list of prices – or click here to download the full list

Consumers have also been urged to report outlets in breach of these regulations and overcharging for products. Download the Dubai Consumer app and submit your complaint, and a DED representative will handle your case.
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