Ramadan 2023: Sharjah issues guidelines for eateries during holy month

Sharjah authorities have issued permits and guidelines for restaurants during the holy month of Ramadan. According to Sharjah Municipality, there are two types of permits.

One idea is to have food preparation and display displays during the day at eateries, including those inside shopping malls. This permit costs AED3,000 to obtain.

The other permit allows for the display of snacks in front of restaurants shortly before Iftar, the meal eaten by Muslims to break their fast around sunset. This permit costs AED500 to obtain.

The permits can be obtained from the Sharjah Municipality’s food control section counter in the Suburbs Affairs Department, Industrial Area 5.

In addition, the municipality has issued general guidelines for displaying food during the holy month.

  • No customers are permitted inside the dining hall for eateries open during the day.
  • Food preparation and cooking are only permitted in kitchens. 
  • Eateries are permitted to display food on the sidewalk in front of their establishments.
  •  Food must be displayed in a glass box that is closed with a sliding or hinged door (at least 100cm high).
  • Snacks should be kept in stainless steel containers.
  • Food should be wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Restaurants must keep the snacks at the proper temperature.

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