Salons in Ajman, Sharjah Urged to Comply with Approved Price List

SHARJAH/AJMAN - Sharjah and Ajman municipalities have clarified that the charges for the services provided by each salon have been fixed.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Thu 17 Dec 2009, 10:02 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:28 AM

The clarification was issued following complaints from a large number of people, mainly women, about varying prices for the same services in different salons.

Atef Al Zarouni, Director of Public Health Department in Sharjah Municipality, said the civic body issues a list of prices and services allowed when it issues the licence to a salon. “The list of prices and services must be displayed in the salon in a manner customers can see it easily,” he said.

The municipality does not always approve the price proposed for each service by a salon owner. It allows different prices for the same service between two salons as per the conditions and criteria laid down by the municipality, including the quality of service, the number of staff, availability of equipment and the preparations used.

The civic body’s health section conducts inspections in salons throughout the year to ensure compliance with the requirements and adherence to the list of prices, Zarouni said.

The inspectors check the premises for cleanliness and hygiene, monitor the prices charged for services, and inspect whether the workers comply with the labour law. The Ajman Municipality, meanwhile, sent a notification to all salons in the emirate on Monday asking them to display the list of prices and services offered by them in a place that is easily noticeable.

Yahya Ibrahim Al Reyasa, Assistant Director-General of the Licensing Department at the municipality, said the price list should have the civic body’s stamp on it. “We have received a large number of complaints from people, mostly women, that some salons are charging them much higher than the others for the same services. The complainants wanted the municipality to control the prices for various services offered at all salons in the emirate so that individual owners do not charge them according to their whim.”

The notification was issued to warn such salon owners and make them stick to the prices allowed, he said.

The notification also warns salon owners against using cheap and low-quality hair dyes and other cosmetic products. The civic body would conduct surprise inspections to ensure that they abided by the stipulated health and hygiene rules. Samples of products being used by salons will be taken for testing. Those found flouting the rules would be given stiff penalties.

The activities allowed in salons include hairdressing, pedicure and manicure, eyebrow styling, make-up and henna application. Use of massage equipment and devices to lose weight and organ enlargement and miniaturization or tanning are allowed only in specialised beauty clinics or centres, not in salons, Al Reyasa warned.

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