Al Ain Municipality has clamped its ban on barbecues in Jebel Hafeet after several visitors were found littering and damaging public property.
The municipality on Sunday said some visitors burned wooden seats and benches, while disposing of used charcoal and garbage.
Residents are allowed to set up barbecues in open and desert areas including Al Sulaimi and Al Mebrazah parks. However, officials said inspectors will roam the areas to fine those committing violations.
Both Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah faced similar issues with barbecues and bonfires. Camping and barbecuing is allowed in Al Qudra Lake as long as residents abide by rules and regulations shared on installed signboards.
The rules were issued after the municipality found that residents were misusing and polluting the reserve, which is home to over 175 bird species. It said cleaners would collect up to 40 tonnes of waste on weekends as a result of littering during camping and barbecuing.
Jebel Jais also has dedicated barbeque pits, though residents found barbequing outside the specified areas will receive fines.
Barbecues, however, remain prohibited at public beaches unless they feature dedicated pits.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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