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Dubai’s ‘ban’ on alcohol in food proves to be a mere trifle

Municipality makes apparent U-turn on 'coq au vin' ban after uproar from angry chefs, restaurant owners and residents.

March 22, 2010 6:02 by

Dubai does not intend to ban coq au vin, prawns flambe and trifle – despite saying previously that the “use of alcohol in preparation and cooking of food is strictly prohibited”

Dubai residents, chefs, and restaurant owners were in uproar earlier this week, after the Dubai Municipality appeared to ban the use of alcohol in cooking.

But the municipality said today that there was no ban, attributing the confusion to a “misunderstanding” over a circular sent out to restaurant owners, according to officials quoted by The National.

However, the circular sent out to restaurant owners seemed pretty clear on the matter: “Use of alcohol in preparation and cooking of food is strictly prohibited. Display and sale of food products containing alcohol as an ingredient is strictly prohibited.”

Either way, the municipality says that no outright ban on alcohol in food will be implemented. Instead, the authorities will encourage the “segregation of non-halal products like pork and alcohol”.

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  1. Christopher Davidson on March 22, 2010 7:13 pm

    Standard tactic across the region. Release a potentially controversial statement, sit back a few days and gauge public reaction. If it causes a stir, then deny and backpedal. Otherwise, cautiously press ahead.

  2. DENISETHEMENANCEAGAIN on March 23, 2010 6:32 am



  3. Miss Anne Thropic on March 23, 2010 12:25 pm

    Another Dubai farce. Yesterday there were all sorts of self-righteous types expressing horror that they might have accidentally consumed alcohol in their meals. Never mind that as far as I can tell, the restaurants here clearly mark on menus whether a dish contains alcohol or pork – if people can’t read menus properly, that’s not the restuarant’s fault.

  4. Andrew on March 23, 2010 1:36 pm

    Going on her posts today, I think someone needs to give Denise her Ritalin … or at least take her coffee away. For all the best self-righteous snark be sure to check out the letters/comments on the 7Days stories.

    As for the issue at hand; it seems you can do U-turns in Dubai wherever you want.

  5. Miss Anne Thropic on March 24, 2010 11:14 am

    I think Denise would benefit from chilling out with a nice glass of wine…


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