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More public toilets needed in the UAE?

Nine in ten respondents of online poll believe there is a need for more restrooms

Gulf News

According to the Gulf News report, “Dubai residents call for more public toilets” published in the Nation section on May 18, there is a shortage of public toilets in the emirate. The Dubai Municipality has also rolled out a new campaign that slaps people urinating in the street with Dh500 fines.

When asked online, nine in ten respondents agreed with the report and said that there is a need for more public toilets in the UAE.

The shortage is forcing many residents to slip into restaurants and cafes to heed nature’s call. While on the road, motorists have to make stops at petrol stations to use the restrooms. A survey of petrol stations in Dubai and Sharjah by Gulf News in 2013 found that 95 per cent had issues such as missing toilet paper or soap, unclean and wet seats or faulty hand dryers.

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