Following a tip-off, the police tracked down and arrested two men in Dubai with counterfeit watches worth Dh1.2 billion.
The Director of CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jalaf reportedly said that the police officers roamed around the markets and collected information that helped in tracking down the culprits.
Jalaf reportedly said that 29,187 fake watches carrying nine international brands, including Cartier, Gucci, Rolex, among others worth as much as Dh1.2 billion were confiscated and will be destroyed in the presence of the retailers of the brands.
One of the suspects had a previous minor criminal charge while the other culprit was on a visit to the country.
Brigadier Al Jallaf reportedly said that “since Dubai is a destination for investments, it’s our duty to secure these, and in order to continue doing so, we are constantly developing our strategies and security systems”.
In reaction, the vice president of sales at Ahmed Seddiqi and Sons, the largest distributor of Swiss watches in the Middle East, Mohammed Abdulmajid Seddiqi reportedly thanked the Dubai Economic Department (DED) and the police works closely together in exposing criminals trading billions of dirhams in counterfeit goods.