The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has shut down a jewellery store at Hyatt Plaza commercial centre for two weeks for displaying and sale of counterfeit gold jewellery as international brands in violation of the consumer protection law.
The ministry said in a statement that the closure of the store was part of intensive inspection campaigns carried out to monitor the markets and commercial activities in the country in order to control prices and detect infringements, counterfeit items, and goods that do not conform to standards.
The ministry added that a violation notice was issued against the store and was commissioned to publish the administrative closure announcement at its expense.
The ministry stressed that it will be firm in dealing with those who are negligent in carrying out their obligations under the consumer protection law and its executive regulations, and will increase its inspection campaigns to control such practices.
It noted that any party that contravenes the laws and ministerial decisions shall be referred to the competent authorities for appropriate measures so as to protect consumer's rights.
The ministry urged consumers to report any irregularities or violations through the communication channels of the Consumer Protection and Combating Commercial Fraud Department.