14/08/2018 07:15 AST

The Business Protection section of the Department of Economic Development, DED, in Dubai has seen a 52 per cent increase in complaints regarding commercial disputes during the first half of 2018, compared to the same period last year.

The section received 790 complaints during H1 2018 as against 520 complaints during the first half of 2017 as more and more businesses are keen on adopting the commercial disputes resolution service launched by the DED in line with global best practices in order to facilitate economic activity in Dubai and reinforce the city as the best destination for investment and sustainable business development.

The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in the DED receives complaints regarding disputes between traders inside as well as outside the UAE and works to resolve them amicably. The complainant must be a commercial establishment or enterprise registered in the DED. The dispute should be commercial in nature and should not be under consideration of any other judicial, legal or administrative body.

The Services sector accounted for 41.1 per cent of total complaints received in H1 2018 followed by Electronics (11 per cent), Foodstuffs (6.6 per cent), Building materials (5.4 per cent), Shipping (4.9 per cent, Decoration & construction (3.9 per cent), Cars (1.9 per cent), Furniture (1.4 per cent), Labour supply (1.1 per cent), Clearance transactions (0.8 per cent), Accessories and Car rental (0.6 per cent each), and Equipment leasing (0.3 per cent) while 19.7 per cent of disputes came from various other sectors.

Companies operating in the UAE accounted for 71 per cent of the complaints received locally and among them, 46 per cent were UAE firms, 13 per cent Indian companies, eight per cent Saudi and four per cent Egyptian firms.

Failure to comply with the terms of the agreement is among the most common complaints received during H1 2018, accounting for 59.2 per cent of the total. Non-compliance with the terms of the contract accounted for 20.9 per cent and 5.1 per cent were related to commercial fraud while the others involved either failure to comply with agreed warranty terms (1.6 per cent), specifications and standards (1.3 per cent), after-sales service (1.1 per cent), or business activity (0.5 per cent).

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