DUBAI 6 April 2017: Magic carpets belong to Arabian folklore, but following a professional diploma to become a ‘Happiness Officer’, Dubai has launched a professional evaluation for you – if you are a customs officer – to become a ‘carpet expert’.
Dubai Customs launched the world’s first customs carpet evaluation training programme. It covers many aspects of hand woven rugs and carpets and aimed at enabling inspectors to assess the real historical and financial value of the carpet item and prevent fake carpet from entering the country.
Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs pointed out that the UAE is an active hub for carpet industry around the world. It’s the largest importer and exporter of rugs and carpets in Mena, and third largest worldwide after America and Germany.
Trade value of carpets in Dubai in 2016 was Dh1.141 billion –Dh653.2 million in imports, Dh130.2 million in exports, and Dh375.2 in re-exports.
Director of Dubai Customs highlighted the vital role, carpet trade plays in supporting the national economy following the directives of the wise leadership to diversify the economy.
“Carpet trade in the Middle East and Africa is witnessing healthy growth with strong demand continued throughout the region. The UAE enjoys a strategic position being close to major carpet manufacturers in Iran, Afghanistan and India” he explained.
Musabih pointed out that Dubai Customs supports carpet industry by organizing its annual Carpet Oasis, one of Dubai Shopping Festival’s major events.
Dr. Shaikha Al Ghafiri, (Acting) Director of Dubai Customs’ Training Center pointed out that the training program will enable the inspectors to thwart any carpet smuggling or counterfeiting attempt, especially today with advanced technology making it more difficult to distinguish counterfeited items from the original.
– By Rajive Singh