Young men smoking shisha at a Ramadan tent. Image Credit: Getty Images

Dubai: With Ramadan just around the corner, residents are already making plans for iftar venues that have the best deals in town.

But shisha will be strictly off the menu. 

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Dubai Municipality has banned shisha during Iftar, which starts from the time the cannon is fired and continues until 9pm.

“The decision to ban shisha was implemented last year, and we are continuing to carry the ban again this year,” said Dr Nassim Rafee, Acting Director of Public Health and Safety Department at Dubai Municipality. 

Dr Rafee told Gulf News that the ban will cover all venues in Dubai that fall under the municipality’s jurisdiction.

“Iftar tents are usually filled with families, and because many of the elderly and children visit such venues, Dubai Municipality implemented the rule to ensure the health and well-being of all,” she said. 

Standard practice 

According to Federal Law No. 15 of 2009 on tobacco control and its executive regulations, food establishments have to obtain a No Objection Certificate from authorities.

Furthermore, alterations to the approved plans cannot be made, such as increasing the number of chairs and tables to attract more customers. One square metre per smoking customer is also required.

Hotels applying for permits to host Ramadan tents should also provide a separate entrance from the hotel’s main entrance.

The public can report violations to Dubai Municipality’s call centre by calling the toll-free hotline 800900.