Sharjah Municipality warns against barbecuing in beaches, parks

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Sharjah Municipality warns against barbecuing in beaches, parks

Sharjah - It should only be kept in the designated areas.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Sat 26 Aug 2017, 4:25 PM

With the coming Eid Al Adha holidays, Sharjah Municipality has warned residents against barbecuing and grilling on beaches, and areas in the parks that are not designated for such activities. This is in order to protect the environment and allow the public to enjoy the holidays in a healthy environment. Violators will face fines of up to Dh 500 which will increase every time the offense is committed.
An official from Sharjah municipality said that they have launched annual awareness campaigns to educate the public about the negative effects of grilling or BBQ-ing in the grass.
Despite all the warnings and awareness, many people still ignore the regulations and cook in the banned areas, especially during Eid Al Adha. They also throw their waste - such as charcoal in the grass. Those on beaches leave it on the sand. These illegal practices affect the environment and public health. The municipality added that they will intensify inspection around these areas during the Eid holidays to catch those who flout the municipality regulations and rules. Errant individuals will be slapped with hefty fines and legal action will be taken if necessary.
The official explained that there are places designated for barbecuing in the parks. They are, however, not allowed on open beaches and in grassy areas. The municipality has installed 55 instruction signboards in parks and grassy areas specifying that smoking shisha and doing barbecue are not allowed in the areas."
The official added that due to Eid holidays violations are expected to increase. In order to tackle it, inspectors who will work in two shifts driving around beach areas, parks, and green areas to keep an eye on holidaymakers and violators. The official urged residents to cooperate with the authorities and abide by the rules and regulations to avoid any penalties. Residents that see any illegal activity can dial 993 to report such illegal practices.

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