Dubai restaurants will soon have to show calorie content alongside every dish on their menus, following directive from the emirate's local authority.
Dubai Municipality issued a circular to all food establishments making it compulsory to show calorie content, adding that it was part of its efforts to raise awareness about the nutritional values of the meals consumed by diners.
Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality said the directive will encourage restaurants to provide healthy meals to consumers.
“Dubai Municipality's initiative is to oblige food establishments to be fully transparent in declaring calories on all foods to give consumers the ability to choose food that suits their health status," Al Hajri said.
The initiative will be introduced in two phases, the first of which will be in November for restaurants, cafeterias and cafes with more than 5 branches. The second phase is in January 2020 for all restaurants, catering establishments and hotels.
Dubai will be the first emirate in the UAE to introduce calorie count on menus.
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