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.


Palestinian official Erekat undergoes bronchostomy

Updated 21 October 2020

Palestinian official Erekat undergoes bronchostomy

  • Erekat has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past several decades, serving as a senior negotiator in talks with Israel
  • He was also a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and the current president

JERUSALEM: A doctor treating Palestinian official Saeb Erekat for COVID-19 performed a bronchostomy on Wednesday to examine the condition of his respiratory system, his daughter said.
Salam Erekat said on Twitter that her father remained intubated and connected to an ECMO machine, which does the work of the lungs by transferring oxygen into blood.
She said it would take several days to get the results. “Hopefully things will take a better way. Pray for my father,” said Salam Erekat, who herself is a physician.
Erekat, 65, was transferred Sunday from the West Bank to Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center.
The hospital has said he is in critical but stable condition, and that its medical team is consulting with experts around the world to deal with the case. It says Erekat’s case is especially complicated given his history of health issues, including a lung transplant in 2017.
Erekat, 65, has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past several decades, serving as a senior negotiator in talks with Israel and making frequent media appearances. He was also a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas.