Dubai restaurants must publish meals’ calorie content

All food establishments must comply by January 2020
 Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality.
Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality.

Restaurants in Dubai will need to publish the calorie content of all their meals under a new directive from Dubai Municipality.

The number of calories in each dish will need to appear on food establishments’ menus as part of the municipality’s efforts to raise awareness about the nutritional values of meals, in line with the National Nutrition Agenda 2017 – 2021.


“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 program 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,” said Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality.

As the first local authority to implement this process, Dubai Municaplity is leading the way in encouraging restaurasnts to provide balanced and healthy meals, added Al Hajri.

The first deadline for restaurants, cafes, and cafeterias with more than five branches to comply with the directive is November 2019, while all food establishments including restaurants, caterers, and hotels must be in accordance with it by January 2020.

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