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Mon 22 Mar 2010 07:24 AM

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Dubai stops issuing new licences for massage parlours

Two parlours closed, 25 others fined after inspections find range of violations.

Licences for new massage parlours in Dubai are being withheld after many were found to be running illegal activities, it was reported on Monday.

No new licences will be issued after 25 massage parlours were fined between AED2,000 ($540) and AED10,000 after inspectors found some operating in residential areas and allowing women to massage men, UAE daily The National reported.

It said inspectors also found materials used for sexual activities, such as condoms and two parlours were shut down as a result.

During their recent round of inspections, officers from the Dubai Economic Department (DED) visited 34 massage businesses, the paper reported.

Omar Bushahab, the DED’s chief officer of commercial compliance and consumer protection, told the paper no new licences would be issued.

“We have already stopped such activities. There will be no more new massage centres in Dubai,” he said. “We found some centres were charging AED800 for an hour. You can imagine what service they were offering for such high charges.”

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svarghese 10 years ago

I indeed welcome this move by authorities. It was highly essential to implement such a rule. At last we have started for a beginning.. for a good cause!!.

Sandpiper 10 years ago

With recent statistics showing 3 men for every woman in Dubai, what is the alternative ? Unfortunately the imbalance has reached unhealthy proportions and such places have become a necessity.

Einstien 10 years ago

I'm amazed at how naieve some of the comments can be on this subject. By closing down these places you will not stop the activities you want to stop. You will merely drive them into the back streets and encourage the other criminal activities that go along with them.

vicky 10 years ago

It is good to control the activities but completely to close down giving new licenses is not the answer as Dubai being a tourist hub, normal Massage parlours are necessary but the areas must be designated and not at all in residential area.

AbduL Basit 10 years ago

it is good that Inspectors caught them red handed for illegal act in massage parlors. massage parlors should opened only in Hospitals.