Dubai Municipality to close 119 shisha cafes for violations

Inspection campaign won’t exclude cafés and restaurants in free zones, says official

Redha Salman, director of occupational health and safety department at Dubai Municipality.

Redha Salman, director of occupational health and safety department at Dubai Municipality.

Dubai Municipality said on Monday it will close 119 shisha cafés for violating terms of the federal tobacco control law.

Redha Salman, director of occupational health and safety department, said the civic body has asked the Dubai Economic Development Department not to renew licenses of these cafes.

Fines were issued to 571 cafés that failed to comply with the law.

The first phase of the inspection campaigns will be to regulate shisha smoking in cafés and restaurants situated near educational institutions, schools, kindergartens, places of worship, hospitals and residential communities.

The second phase will be regulating shisha cafés located in shopping areas/malls, hotel facilities and shops that are non-compliant with the area requirements.

“We will take action on shops that are non-compliant with the area requirements,” said Salman, adding the municipality will not exclude cafés and restaurants in the free zones.

According to the federal law, shisha cafes must be located on the main streets in areas classified as commercial or commercial-residential.

The space inside the shop should not be less than 200 square metres, while the distance between the shop (restaurant/café) and residential buildings, homes, kindergartens, schools, institutes, colleges and universities should not be less than 150 metres.

The distance between the shop (restaurant/café) and the mosques and places of worship should not be less than 100 metres.

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