Dubai hits out at cafes selling 22-carat gold tea at $62 a cup

Municipality dismissed claims as “publicity trick” and excuse charge “high prices for cheap products”
Dubai hits out at cafes selling 22-carat gold tea at $62 a cup
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By Staff writer
Mon 23 Sep 2013 10:45 AM

Dubai authorities have hit out at coffee shops offering special tea drinks claiming to be mixed with 22-carat gold leaves during the brewing process.

Dubai Municipality issued a press statement on Sunday addressing “the rumours and claims spread by some of the cafes in Dubai regarding offering tea made of 22 carat gold in their outlets”.

“These cafes do not mix gold with tea, but claim it in order to attract customers, and if they really do so, they cannot afford to mix except a small percentage, which is not something remarkable, which will not help rejuvenate human body,” Khalid Mohammed Sherif Al Awadhi, director of the food control department at Dubai Municipality, was quoted as saying.

“It is only a commercial publicity trick by some owners of cafes to justify their high prices for cheap products and exploiting the ignorance of some customers,” he added.

The special gold teas are reportedly being sold in Dubai Mall for AED228 ($62) per cup, Khaleej Times newspaper reported.

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