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Zuma bans cigar smoking

Zuma, the high-end modern Japanese restaurant concept, has banned cigar smoking in its Dubai location. The move follows the ban on cigar smoking in its bar and lounge areas during lunchtime service that was introduced in April last year and the Dubai Government’s anti-tobacco law that came into force in January.

Entrance of the Zuma restaurant at DIFC in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National
Entrance of the Zuma restaurant at DIFC in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

Zuma, the high-end modern Japanese restaurant concept, has banned cigar smoking in its Dubai location. The move follows the ban on cigar smoking in its bar and lounge areas during lunchtime service that was introduced in April last year and the Dubai Government’s anti-tobacco law that came into force in January. Now the ban means cigar-smoking is banned from all areas of Zuma at all times, but cigarette smoking is permitted in the lounge and bar areas.

Ajaz Sheikh, the managing director of Zuma Middle East and Turkey, said: “While we don’t wish to intentionally alienate any of our guests, it was becoming increasingly hard to justify cigar smoking in the Zuma bar and lounge in the evenings, with growing numbers of complaints, especially from females. Irrespective of government laws, I felt it was necessary to lead the way in terms of banning cigars in all areas of Zuma at all times of day and I’m confident that other fine-dining venues will follow. It will be interesting to see how quickly Dubai falls into line with other global culinary centres in terms of anti-smoking legislation.”

For more information, visit www.zumarestaurant.com

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