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New Dubai Regulation Requires Calorie Labeling On Dining Menus

As per a mandate issued by Dubai Municipality, restaurants, cafeterias and food establishments will be required to include a calorie count on their menus.

Calorie count regulation

In phase 1, restaurants, cafes, eateries and cafeterias with five or more branches will be required to add a calorie count on their dining menus by this November, followed by all food establishments requiring to comply with this law, in their 2nd phase, by January 2020. It’s also worth mentioning that this law applies to food establishments in Dubai only.

Dubai Municipality initiative

Dawoud Al Hajri, director-general of Dubai Municipality said, “The municipality’s initiative is to oblige food establishments to be fully transparent in declaring calories on all foods, in order to give consumers the ability to choose food that suits their health status.”

Initiative in line with Dubai Municipality vision

Al Hajri also says the regulation will help restaurants serve healthier meals and achieve the municipality’s vision of making Dubai a happy and sustainable city. He said, “It is an innovative programme, through which the municipality will encourage restaurants to provide healthy and tasty meals to consumers and help achieve the DM’s vision of developing a happy and sustainable city.”