Outdoor dining and shisha services are banned during the fasting hours, authorities have clarified.
Dubai , Dubai
20 April 2021, 12:00 AM
01 May 2021, 12:00 AM
Outdoor dining and shisha services are banned during the fasting hours. Dubai Economy had announced that dining areas in Dubai may not have to be screened off in the daytime this Ramadan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no need for a special permit for restaurants to serve food during the fasting hours in Ramadan this year and also left it to the eateries to decide if they want the dining areas covered from public view, a move welcomed by the hospitality sector. However, this had led to confusion regarding outdoor dining.
Senior officials at Dubai Economy and Dubai Municipality have clarified that outdoor dining at eateries continue to be banned during fasting hours in Ramadan.
“Outdoor seating is not allowed during fasting hours. Delivery of food can be continued as usual,” said Mohammed Ali Rashed Lootah, CEO of the Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy.
Sultan Ali Al Taher, head of Food Inspection at the Food Safety Department in Dubai Municipality said dining is allowed in private beach areas if the food is served in the premises of the hotels.
Eateries are not allowed to display food outside their premises as well. However, it is still allowed to serve food outside the walled premises of the food establishments during fasting hours in exceptional cases.