UAE seeks shawarma karma

A man carves shawarma to serve at a restaurant.(AFP)
Updated 06 January 2018

UAE seeks shawarma karma

DUBAI: UAE standards chiefs have taken aim at the region’s fast food favorite — banishing the common practice of making and selling the sandwiches outside shops.
The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has updated the requirements for the processing and handling of shawarma sandwiches.
“The new mandatory requirements also prohibit the practice of roasting and selling outside the limits of the shop, in order to protect the food from external pollutants and sources of dust and pollution,” said Khalaf Khalaf, director of the Standards Department of ESMA.
It comes weeks after kebabs came under scrutiny by European lawmakers.
The new rules aim to prevent the exposure of these food products to pollution as being perishable, and to protect the community from the risk of exposure to unsafe food, state news agency WAM reported.
Workers handling the meat should “have a valid health certificate, be free from infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, wounds and ulcers, and adhere to the rules of hygiene during working hours such as washing hands with soap and water,” ESMA said.


Snow shuts schools, delays flights in Iran capital

Updated 6 min 16 sec ago

Snow shuts schools, delays flights in Iran capital

  • The snow started falling early in the morning and disrupted the flow of traffic on some of the city’s main highways
  • Snowfall is forecast to continue until Monday in Tehran and other northern provinces

TEHRAN: Heavy snow covered the streets of Tehran on Sunday, causing major flight delays and forcing the closure of schools, authorities in the Iranian capital said.
AFP correspondents said the snow started falling early in the morning and disrupted the flow of traffic on some of the city’s main highways.
“We knew that it would snow as of last night and that it naturally affects traffic,” head of Tehran’s traffic police Mohammadreza Mehmandar told state television.
“On some highways in the north (of Tehran) there was a bit of ice... and accidents were responded to quickly,” he added.
Schools in all the districts of Tehran city and some parts of the province were closed in both morning and the afternoon due to the heavy snowfall.
The snow dump caused long delays to flights to and from Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport.
“Flights at Mehrabad will go ahead but with delays due to the lack of proper vision,” said Reza Jafarzadeh, spokesman for Iran’s aviation authority.
But flights were still going according to schedule at Imam Khomeini International Airport, also in Tehran, he added.
Snowfall is forecast to continue until Monday in Tehran and other northern provinces.