(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Penalties will be applied on cafes that have not responded to repeated notices and warnings according to the approved penalty regulations.From September shisha cafés will face hefty fines and penalties if found violating the federal tobacco control law the Dubai Municipality has warned The civic body’s announcement came on Sunday after it chalked out a mechanism and action plan to strictly implement the law and its executive regulations.
“Penalties will be applied on cafes that have not responded to repeated notices and warnings according to the approved penalty regulations in the federal law and the Local Order No. 11 of 2003 and the smoking regulating guide” a senior official warned.
Marwan Al Mohammed the Director of the Public Health and Safety Department said in a media statement that the municipality is conducting a field survey of shisha cafés in Dubai.
“The initial phase includes the regulation of shisha smoking in cafes and restaurants located near educational institutions schools kindergartens places of worship hospitals residential neighborhoods and shops that (are) not meeting the space requirement. The second stage includes the regulation of shisha smoking in cafes located in areas of shopping malls hotel facilities and private development areas as well as areas and shops that do not meet other planning and space requirements.”
According to the official business owners and cafes are required to electronically apply to obtain the permit for offering tobacco products including shisha services. The need to provide the required documents through the self-service system on the website of the Dubai Municipality under the section for the Public Health and Safety Department.
“The department will study the applications and decide on the issuance of permits for designated smoking areas for shops and cafes that meet the conditions set forth in the federal law no. 15 of 2009 and its executive regulations” he said.
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