x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Street food sellers in Dubai risk heavy fines and goods seizure

The crackdown is part of Dubai Municipality's efforts to clean up streets and residential areas.

DUBAI // Street food peddlers are to be fined Dh2,000 and have their stock confiscated.

The crackdown is part of Dubai Municipality's efforts to clean up streets and residential areas.

"Street peddlers who are selling vegetables and other items of food products are not at all allowed in the streets or residential areas," said the municipality's Khalid Suletin.

"They have to pay a fine and their commodities, including vehicles used for business, would be confiscated."

Mr Suletin said the municipality was clamping down to ensure the enforcement of local orders and to protect consumers from risk.

"We are committed to maintaining the aesthetic beauty of the city," he said. "We don't want tourists in the city to get into trouble because of the nuisance of street sellers."

Mr Suletin warned anyone preparing food in open areas, outside labour camps or any public space, that they faced legal action.

"They may be fined up to Dh1,000," he said.

The public has also been urged by the municipality to report any illegal activities.

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