Its one of my favourite hangouts in Dubai - a very chilled oud shisha cafe on Jumeirah Beach Road, not too far from Madinat Jumeirah area - its right on the road and during winter, it was where i used to go on a daily basis - just order a shisha and play 6awla. I hope they dont shut it down. Already there are places where after 12 midnight, shisha is not allowed outdoors like on Sheikh Zayed Road. Whats the point?? What would moving it indoors do that is protecting the whatever of the public?? Silly asses.
Shisha cafe owners have until the end the year to move out of residential areas or face heavy penalties or closure, Dubai Municipality warned on Sunday.
Announcing new smoking regulations, a senior Municipality official warned cafe owners that the fourth phase of the smoking regulations in public would be taken seriously, newspaper 7 Days reported on Monday.
“We will not hesitate to close down shisha cafés if they don’t follow our regulations. We are serious about this issue,” said Salem Mesmar, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality for the health, safety and environment control sector, the newspaper quoted.
Under the new rules all entertainment and recreation areas will be fined the equivalent of $544 if they do not adhere to the smoking ban, unless they have a licence allowing them to maintain a specific smoking area.
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