Food establishments in Dubai have been asked to declare the calorie content of “all ready-to-eat food items” on their menus, the Dubai Municipality has said.
This move, according to officials, is part of the municipality’s efforts to “raise awareness about the nutritional values of the meals consumed by diners”.
The deadline for restaurants, cafeterias and cafes (with more than five branches) will be the beginning of November. Meanwhile, the second phase, which will begin in January 2020, will include all restaurants, catering establishments and hotels.
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality said that this was being made mandatory as part of “the Municipality's initiatives for a better life in line with the goals of National Nutrition Agenda 2017 – 2021”.
He added, “Dubai Municipality's initiative is to oblige food establishments to be fully transparent in declaring calories on all foods to give consumers the ability to choose food that suits their health status. It is an innovative programme of Dubai Municipality and through it the municipality will encourage restaurants to provide healthy and tasty meals to consumers to achieve Dubai Municipality's vision of developing a happy and sustainable city.”