Ramadan tents to be smoke-free

    Commercial tents operators must get special permission for shisha.
    Adherence to safety regulations will be strictly monitored during the holy month, according to the Dubai Municipality.
    Adherence to safety regulations will be strictly monitored during the holy month, according to the Dubai Municipality.

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    Stringent public health and safety regulations for Ramadan tents will be strictly enforced this year in an effort to prevent tragedies such as the deadly fire at a wedding in Kuwait last year, civic officials told The National.

    Dubai Municipality will deploy officers to inspect tents during the Muslim holy month to ensure there are no violations, with offenders face fines ranging from Dh1,000 for minor offences, such as smoking in a tent, to Dh50,000 for major violations, which include setting up a tent without proper permits and allowing unlicensed activities.

    “We will apply stringent regulations for Ramadan tents to ensure that visitors are safe and there are no hazards,” said Dawood al Hajri, the head of the municipality’s planning department. “Our regulations have been in place and this year municipal inspectors will work round the clock to check on these structures in various parts of the city.”

    The safety regulations were introduced last year following a fire in a wedding tent in Kuwait that killed 57 women and children. While the fire was an arson attack, people were trapped due to a lack of fire exits and safety measures.

    Smoking cigarettes and shisha will be banned inside small private tents, while hotels setting up larger and more luxurious tents must seek special permission for serving shisha, Mr al Hajri said. Cooking will not be permitted in any kind of tent.

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