Abu Dhabi: A regulation that bans shisha from being offered near residential areas, schools and mosques in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has led to many popular outlets closing down over the past year.
Many restaurants and cafes have also removed the popular tobacco water pipe from their menus, much to the relief of residents.
The regulation, which is included within the UAE Federal Law No 15 of 2009 on tobacco control, states that establishments can only offer shisha 150 metres away from residential buildings, neighbourhoods, schools and mosques.
The deadline for establishments to adhere to this particular regulation was set by the Department of Economic Development (DED) for January 31 and a committee will soon work to assess the situation and ensure compliance within existing establishments.
“A shisha cafe used to be located behind my building on Hamdan Street. There was always a large noisy crowd there, which spilled out onto the pavement most of the time. A number of parking spaces reserved for residents were also used by these customers till late at night,” Mohammad Q, a long-term resident and IT executive, told Gulf News.
The cafe however shut down last year and Mohammad said it had been a positive development… see more