30% of Dubai restaurants found flouting Ramadan rules

Dubai Municipality carried out inspections on the display of food during the holy month
30% of Dubai restaurants found flouting Ramadan rules
Foreign Muslim workers break their fast with a free Iftar dinner during the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)
By Staff writer
Sun 04 Aug 2013 04:50 PM

Nearly a third of Dubai restaurants were caught flouting the rules related to the display and sale of food during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Dubai Municipality inspectors have reported.

"We circulated the safety and hygiene instructions to all the food establishments doing their business in Dubai before the month of Ramadan,” Dubai Municipality Food Control Department's head of food inspection section Sultan Al Taher told Arabian Business’ sister website HotelierMiddleEast.com

"We carried out inspection in the first week of Ramadan during which we found 70 percent them practiced what we instructed... Out of this, 30 percent were found guilty, most of them were running business without proper permit from the municipality while few of them failed to comply with the health requirements they need."

The 30 percent of outlets inspected who were deemed to be displaying and selling food inappropriately, or were not following proper health and safety rules, were told to cease operating until the necessary changes were implemented.

Inspectors also visited Ramadan tents and found 90 percent were following the rules with regards to correct safety and hygiene.

The tests will continue to be carried out during the rest of the holy month.

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