Hundreds of Dubai outlets face closure after shunning hygiene rules
Almost half of the city’s shawarma outlets face closure after failing to meet new hygiene regulations issued by Dubai Municipality.
The authority sent letters to 572 outlets explaining the recent health and safety guidelines after inspection campaigns found that they do not have enough space to properly prepare and store food.
But inspectors said 25 per cent - 141 outlets - did not take any action “at all” and another 20 per cent - 113 - stopped serving rather than meet the new rules.
The deadline for meeting the new rules was yesterday. By Nawal Al Ramahi
“They also did not have a space to put other ingredients, including mayonnaise, garlic sauce, tahina, etc.
“During our routine inspection campaigns to these shawarma outlets, we detected many violations.”
Al Tahir said: “Medium-sized or small restaurants do not have enough space to separate food ingre-