Dubai Municipality has carried out a campaign to improve the ventilation in 643 food outlets in the emirate. 

Sultan Al Tahir, head of food inspection section in the food safety department of Dubai Municipality explained that the campaign aims to ensure the safety of workers and provide a safe and healthy working environment, which helps to maintain food safety.

Al Tahir remarked that the inspection team in the department carried out the campaign during the period between July and August, and included 643 out of the 17,000 food outlets operating in the emirate.

Al Tahir added that before starting the campaign during the summer, 141 outlets had already improved the ventilation and carried out maintenance of their facilities, especially as the cooking areas require high-temperature ovens that affect the ventilation quality if not in a good condition.

Al Tahir said: "While visiting some outlets, we found that the workers were exhausted by the intensity of the heat, and the inspectors issued fines to the owners of these food establishments, who had repeated violations. We have decided to implement the campaign to alleviate the suffering of workers, and to provide the conditions to ensure the preparation of food in appropriate environment.”

He pointed out that 345 establishments have improved their performance during the campaign period, and carried out necessary maintenance for air conditioning and ventilation.

Al Tahir added that these initiatives are aimed primarily at ensuring the improvement of the performance of workers in food establishments and that the working conditions are humanitarian.