Ramadan: Dubai clarifies food, shisha rules at restaurants

Restaurants can continue to offer food delivery services to their customers during the day

  
People sit in a restaurant after its reopening at 30% capacity, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 13, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

People sit in a restaurant after its reopening at 30% capacity, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 13, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Eateries in Dubai are not allowed to serve food and shisha outdoors during the day in the holy month of Ramadan, the Dubai Economy clarified on Tuesday.

However, the restaurants can continue to offer food delivery services to their customers during the day.

"Serving food in outdoor dining areas is not allowed during fasting hours, but food delivery services can continue as usual," Dubai's Department of Economic Development (Dubai Economy) said in a statement to Khaleej Times.

In addition, restaurants are not allowed to serve shisha outdoors to customers during the fasting hours, which is generally between 4.20am to 6.45pm. Shisha can be served after Iftar and until 4am.

In a recent circular, Dubai Economy said restaurants are also not required to obtain a permit for serving food to customers during Ramadan fasting hours.

The authority has also allowed restaurants not to have screens for the visible dining areas during fasting hours. Previously, it was mandatory for restaurants to have screens and curtains in place so that the indoor dining areas was not visible to passers by.

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