Dubai hotels and restaurants will now be able to serve alcohol in their food, after the Dubai Municipality described last week’s apparent ban as “a misunderstanding”.
Hoteliers and restaurateurs received a Dubai Municipality circular last week that clearly said that alcohol in food would be strictly prohibited.
The move sparked an outcry in the hospitality industry, with chefs fearing huge losses if they were forced to remove all alcohol from foods. Alcohol is a common ingredient in sauces and desserts.
Chefs from some of the major hotels approached the municipality on Sunday, asking for a review of the decision.
The municipality has since denied there was a ban and said hotels and restaurants had misunderstood its circular. It says that foods containing alcohol will still be allowed, provided they are separated from other foods as with other non-halal productsm and clearly labelled.