Hotels and restaurants in Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) will be fined Dh50,000 if they do not comply with Ramadan regulations set by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCCA).
The month of Ramadan is expected to start on July 10 (Wednesday), as the current lunar month of Shaaban will likely be 30 days this year, according to a Saudi astronomy expert. The date, however, is not yet definitive and will finally be announced by the UAE’s official agencies.
In its Ramadan Permit Policy 2013, DMCCA said that defaulters would initially be issued with a first and final written warning as a corrective measure with a penalty of Dh50,000 be charged to those establishments that are not complying with the policy after receiving the written warning.
The license of the defaulting establishment will be terminated with immediate effect after the first two stages described above and the matter will be reported to Dubai Police, the policy states.
Permit charges for take-away and delivery permit (for all food and beverage establishments) is Dh3,510, while for hotel offering dine-in during fasting hours is Dh8,510.
Dubai Department of Economic Development charges Dh5,000 to issue temporary license to establishments that wish to operate during Ramadan.
The DMCCA policy allows food and beverage establishments to open dine-in areas and outdoor dining areas for the public 30 minutes prior to the time for Iftar and normal operations may resume after Maghrib Athan (Azan).
Hotels, however, within the DMCC free zone are permitted to operate as usual according to the rules established by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
Sharjah restaurants open till 4 am
Earlier, Sharjah Municipality has said restaurants and shops can remain open till 4 am after getting a special permission during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The outlets that can remain open include restaurants, salons, bakeries, shops selling sweets, cafeterias and other similar public service centres.
Permits will be granted subject to monitoring by the Sharjah Municipality as they are not supposed to disturb the population during late hours and should be in line with the nature of the city that provides a tranquil family atmosphere.
Firms that wish to obtain permits need to submit their applications at the Department of Operations and Inspection of the Municipality at the Fifth Industrial Zone.