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On July 21, 2013 the Ministry of Health announced executive regulations of the Anti-Tobacco Federal Law, which came into effect on January 21, 2014.
At the beginning of this year the law was re-stated, as shopkeepers, distributors, the hospitality sector and individual smokers were given enough of time to gear up for the implementation of the rules.
However, some shisha cafes remained open in areas where they were banned, shisha continues to be served in dining areas in the presence of children and children under the age of 18 are still able to purchase tobacco products.
This week Dubai Municipality called on all members of the community and concerned parties to cooperate with the implementation of the resolution as required, and said that the rules would now be strictly enforced.