Dubai Municipality closes 163 dining outlets over poor hygiene, maintenance

Dubai Municipality has temporarily shut down 163 dining outlets for poor hygiene and maintenance between January 1 and the end of September 2016.

Dubai Municipality has temporarily shut down 163 dining outlets for poor hygiene and maintenance between January 1 and the end of September 2016.

The move came after the municipality carried out 23,983 inspection visits at the outlets in Dubai, of which 17,971 were routine visits. Between January 1 and September 2016, it received reports on 1,886 food outlets, reported Gulf News.

The assessment of food venues in Dubai has been changed following the application of a new system which depends on the risk of violations, according to Sultan Ali Al Taher, head of food inspection at the municipality.

However, Al Taher said 1,084 food outlets received the rating of excellent (A) during the same time period.

“It is for the first time, after applying the new system, that food outlets are getting above excellent rating. Because of that we have put a new grade, that is the gold rating (A +), and 312 food outlets received this rating,” he said.

“It was the first time that more than 1,000 food outlets were getting excellent [rating] as the new system has contributed to the modification of the conditions in the outlets and they improved their performance,” he added.

The gold rating is applied to outlets which have scored about the excellent (A grade) rating in the new system implemented since June 2015.

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More outlets received a rating of very good (B), around 7,052 outlets, compared to 3,776 outlets during the same period in 2015. A total of 9,162 outlets also received more good (C) rating compared to 9,164 shops in 2015. Around 670 outlets got the ratings of acceptable (D) and weak (E) compared to 676 in 2015.

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