Abu Dhabi stamps out smoking too

ABU DHABI — Following Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman, the Abu Dhabi Municipality has also decided to ban smoking in shopping centres and all closed public places.

By Adel Arafah

Published: Fri 8 Aug 2008, 1:25 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:01 PM

The ban will come into force this month itself but the municipality did not announce the exact date. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Omar Mohamed Al Hashimi, Director of the Department of Municipal Services, said the decision to ban smoking in shopping centres and closed public areas is final.

The municipality, in collaboration with the managers of the shopping centres in Abu Dhabi, would enforce the ban. Signboards and roll-ups would be installed at the entrances of these places warning people against smoking in these areas. The decision is not aimed at collecting fines but to protect public health against the hazards of smoking, and avert any disfiguring of the city's image, Al Hashimi said.

"The fines are not yet determined. They would be announced later when the date of the enforcement of the decision is declared. We call upon the people to abide by the decision and report any violation to the municipal inspectors," Al Hashimi added.

The ban on smoking in public places was first introduced in the UAE by Dubai last year, followed by Sharjah and Ajman early this year.


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