New food subsidies lift demand at Al Ain centres

Al Ain Municipality's food distribution centres have been witnessing an increase in demand from citizens following an announcement about new subsidised food items.

Newly subsidised food items have prompted a rise in demand at municipality food distribution centres in Al Ain.

Al Ain Municipality’s main centre said it was selling up to Dh820,000 worth of subsidised items daily – its highest figure to date.

The boost in popularity follows a decision to add new items including Arabian coffee, milk, salt, cardamom seeds and tea to the list of subsidised foods.

This brings the number of subsidised commodities to 31 on a list that also includes water, juice, dates, olive oil and harees.

Ahmed Rashed Al Nayli, an official at the municipality food distribution centre, said these items were included to improve and develop the municipality’s services.

In the days leading up to Ramadan, the main centre served 8,918 families while satellite branches served 15,474 families.

The main centre has also introduced a new home delivery service for 5-litre bottles of mineral water. A total of 1,360 families benefit from the service.

Al Ain Municipality recently launched an electronic food distribution gate that allows a customer to complete an online purchase in “three simple steps in five minutes”. The customer can choose which centre they want to collect from.

Published: August 1, 2013 04:00 AM