Massage parlours in RAK facing closure

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Almost all massage centres here are facing closure as they have failed to comply with some recent guidelines from the RAK Economic Department (RED), an official has said.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2005, 10:11 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:27 PM

“They fall short of applying all the directives we issued to streamline their activities,” the official requesting anonymity told Khaleej Times.

The department had ordered the massage parlours to first obtain the approval of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and banned them from receiving clients less than 20 years of age.

The new regulations stipulated that each centre should be reserved for either men or women and that all the employees should be from the same sex as the clients, he added.

“We also ordered them not to use the centre’s premises for residential purpose for its workers and that it can not operate after 10pm,” he said.

As for the internal design of the parlours, the new regulations stated the use of curtains, instead of wooden or metal doors for each room and banned the use of dim lights.

“We know that these systems hit the centres hard and affected their business. However, since we have the society as top priority, we think they are essential to curb immoral practices that might take place inside these parlours,” he said.

The department sent letters last November insisting that the licences of the parlours that failed to comply with the condition would not be renewed.

RAK has 22 massage centres, particularly on Al Nakheel Street. RED launched several surprise raids in cooperation with the RAK Naturalisation and Residency Department, Public Health Section of RAK Municipality, and RAK Medical Zone.

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