Awareness drive on rules for warehouses.
The Dubai Department of Economic Development has launched a campaign to spread awareness about the rules and regulations that owners of warehouses and other storing facilities have to follow after several of them were found to be flouting them.
The department has started distributing pamphlets containing these rules among business owners.
The department (DDED) has warned them that they must run only activities for which they have been licenced for.
In fact, 30 warehouses in Al Quoz neighbourhood alone in Dubai were found practising trade activities for which they did not have licences during inspections conducted by the Field Control Section last month.
The owners of these warehouses were issued warning notices. They are being put under close watch to ensure they are complying with the rules strictly.
The campaign was launched on the instructions of Ahmed Al Awadhi, Head of the Field Control Section, and out of the department's keenness to ensure that trade establishments are committed to practise the economic activities and businesses as per the laws and regulations, said Omar Al Mohiri, Director of Development and Follow Up at the Commercial Control Sector and Consumer Protection at the DDED.
The DDED has started distributing literature containing the regulations and instructions regarding storing facilities: "A courier company has been contracted to dispatch the pamphlets to all warehouses and stores as per a comprehensive plan," Al Mohiri said.
Already, the pamphlets have been dsitributed among more than 2,000 warehouses and stores, and they will reach altogether 5,000 stores in the emirate.
In January this year, the department had asked the owners of trade establishments to obtain permits for their storing facilities, except those functioning in free zones. They were told that all warehouses should be registered within six months with effect from January 3, 2013. The move aims at linking the warehouses to the trade licences, he explained.
The plan, according to him, included distributing the pamphlets among trade establsihments and their warehouses in Jebel Ali, Al Quoz Industrial Area, Dubai Investment Park, Ras Al Khor and Al Qusais.
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