Consumers warned not to buy counterfeit goods

Updated 21 September 2013

Consumers warned not to buy counterfeit goods

A prominent Jeddah businessman has expressed concern over the huge volumes of counterfeit electrical and electronic appliances flooding the Saudi market through Dubai.
“Commercial fraud not only adversely affects the national economy, but also has an impact on businesses and consumers alike,” said Muhammad Ba Ja'afar on the sidelines of the opening session organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah yesterday.
Present at the session were Muhiddeen Hikami, assistant secretary general of Jeddah Chamber, and Abdullah As Sufyani, director of the anti-commercial fraud department in Jeddah, along with representatives from the electrical, electronic appliance and food industry. Ba Ja’afar said his business was adversely affected as a result of the 10 to 20 percent rate of counterfeit goods entering the Kingdom “through illegal means.” “Last year, we lost more than SR 20 million.
“I urge consumers to be more careful when they buy consumer electronics or electrical appliances. They should make sure that they have the original brand,” he said.
Hikami said that many businesses incur large losses as a result of counterfeit goods in the market. “Their annual losses amount to more than SR 4 billion.
We have recent statistics that show that a bout 80 percent of stores in local markets sell counterfeit goods and that 20 percent of consumers have counterfeit goods in their homes.
The quantity of counterfeit medicine in the local market currently stands at about 25 percent,” he said.
“This is harmful to consumers and society at large, especially when the goods are food and drink items. We, at the Jeddah Chamber, continue to educate the public about commercial fraud.
It is a serious matter,” he added.


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.