Given how much we eat out in Dubai, we’re pleased to know that most places that serve food are complying with hygiene regulations.
Inspectors from Dubai Municipality spent the first week of Ramadan carrying out spot checks on cafes and restaurants that display food outside and discovered 91 per cent of them were up to scratch.
That leaves nine per cent that need to improve, plus eight foodstuff warehouses were found to be non-compliant.
The inspections focused on 34 places selling snacks, including the Ramadan Night Market, and Ramadan tents.
Sultan Ali Al Tahir, head of the Food Inspection Section at Dubai Municipality, said, “We have carried out inspection campaigns at consumer complexes, supermarkets and hypermarkets, as well as food warehouses that store foodstuff for consumption during Ramadan such as rice, sugar, flour and some Ramadan products. We have found that eight of them did not meet the health requirements.”
Six warehouses and complexes fell well below acceptable standards, said Al Tahir, with overcrowding, food not covered or being placed on the ground without protection – some even were hit with rodents and creepy crawlies.
Spot checks will continue during Ramadan, as it’s the time of year where many people go out for meals in the late evening and overnight.