Copies of Louis Vuitton and other luxury brands worth 30 million dirhams seized from Ajman
UAE police seized fake luxury goods worth an estimated 30 million dirhams ($ 8.1 million).
In the latest raid on counterfeit gangs, Ajman agents confiscated 120,000 duplicate items from luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Boss, Versace, Chanel, Dior and Prada.
Among the fake items were clothing, designer bags, watches, wallets, accessories and sunglasses.
Brigadier Khaled Al Nuaimi, Ajman’s deputy director of police operations, said the force acted after a complaint about stores in the area selling counterfeit goods.
“We opened an investigation and raided stores. Fake items were seized and legal proceedings were taken against the offenders,” he said.
Brigadier Al Nuaimi said police would continue to crack down on smugglers.
The UAE has stepped up a campaign in recent years against counterfeit goods such as luxury watches and handbags – which earn millions for criminal gangs.
A once thriving underground trade in markets in Dubai’s Deira and Bur Dubai neighborhoods has largely disappeared after police raids, while authorities regularly shut down Instagram accounts that advertise counterfeit goods.
The United Arab Emirates has also signed several international treaties for the protection of copyrighted works, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
Last month, the UAE was removed from the U.S. Intellectual Property Protection (IPP) watchlist.
“This decision is an endorsement of our progress,” Minister of State Ahmed Al Sayegh said last week.
“The UAE is committed to implementing robust IPP regulatory standards, including a breach and enforcement framework that meets these standards. “