Ramadan in the UAE: 30,000 Food Items Will Be Reduced in Price
The UAE Ministry of Economy announced up to 75 per cent discounts on food items such as rice, meat, fish, juices, and more
4 April 2021
The lower costs will apply to an estimated 900 outlets during the Holy Month
Prices for around 30,000 staple food items will fall from 25 to 75 per cent during Ramadan this year, announced the UAE Ministry of Economy.
These include regular grocery items such as meat, fish, rice, flour, sugar and juices. During Ramadan, officials will also clamp down on unfair price hikes in grocery stores and other businesses through regular inspections.
According to Marwan Al Sboosi, Director of the Competition and Consumer Protection department at the Ministry of Economy, traders and suppliers have been informed and warned.
In Sharjah, the non-profit group Sharjah Cooperative Society (SCS) said they have pledged AED 30 million as part of its annual zakat (charity) campaign. This year, SCS aims to help to ease consumers' financial burdens during Covid-19 and the Holy Month by buying over 20,000 goods for Ramadan, and provide up to 90 per cent on goods.
The charitable initiatives were rolled out following the directives of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
How will Ramadan 2021 look like in the UAE?
Ramadan 2021 is expected to start in the UAE on Tuesday, 13 April and end on Wednesday, 12 May. The actual timeline depends on the lunar cycle, with the official date to be announced in April and may run for 29 or 30 days.
For a complete guide on the latest rules and regulations for Ramadan in the UAE this year, click here.