UAE Announces New Ramadan Food Rules

As Ramadan is set to begin, Sharjah Municipality has announced new rules for food outlets to operate and display food during fasting hours.

Restaurants and food outlets are required to adhere to the new rules and obtain necessary permits to operate in the daytime during the holy month.

Permits and fees

Permit to operate and display food during daytime in Ramadan for food preparation and display premises including shopping centresAED3,000
Permit to display foods in front of premises before iftar for restaurants, cafeterias, pastry shops and tortilla bakeriesAED500

Service channels for permit application

  • Food control section counter
  • Suburbs affairs department
  • Industrial area 5

Operation requirements

  • Food serviced in outside premises only
  • No customers allowed in dining halls
  • Food preparation and cooking are only allowed inside kitchens

Food display requirements

  • Display of food is allowed outside premises on sidewalks, provided the external environment is not sandy
  • Food is to be displayed in a glass box with a sliding or hinged door (at least 100cm high)
  • Food is to be placed in stainless steel containers
  • Food is to be covered with food-grade aluminium foil or plastic wrap
  • Packaging materials have to be food-grade quality
  • Food is to be kept at appropriate temperatures, not refrigerated or frozen
  • Displayed food must be prepared by the permit holder


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