Meat prices will not rise during Ramadan, UAE government says

The Ministry of Economy reports that food prices will not increase during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Meat suppliers and traders across the Emirates have promised not to raise their prices during Ramadan, the Ministry of Economy said today.

The companies have also agreed to offer all kinds of meat that will be fresh, frozen and chilled, the ministry said.

Dr Hashim Al Naimi, director of the consumer protection department of the ministry, said that meat import companies and traders in the UAE have stressed that all indications suggested meat prices would stay the same during the holy month.

"Prices of over 1,600 food items would be stable until end of year despite world price fluctuations," Dr Al Naimi said. "The ministry will hold a meeting with sales outlets to ensure prices are not increased and all items are available during Ramadan."

The ministry said that as of next week, supermarkets would start launching Ramadan baskets for Dh85 for the first basket, and 185 for the second. The government agency explained that it has received Ramadan basket price lists ranging from 13 and 27 items in each basket, saving 30 per cent off the items if they are purchased separately.