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15 July 2024

Drinks served in lightbulbs not safe, warns Dubai Municipality

By Sneha May Francis

Serving drinks in lightbulbs might spike up the unique value, but not the health quotient.

Dubai Municipality, through its official social media channels, has warned residents against buying drinks served in lightbulbs.

It warns that these are not safe, as the material used to make lightbulbs is unsuitable for storing or serving food or drinks.

“Do not buy these drinks, unless they are sold by licensed shops. The material used in making these bulbs and cans need to meet standards set by the food department,” the status added.

“The containers can be made into weird shapes to attract customers as long as they are safe to consume foods from.”

Youngsters in the emirate who have seen these lightbulb drinks say this is the new rage in town.

“I was at a friend’s party when I saw these fancy lightbulb drinks,” said Amal. “It looked interesting, but I didn’t try it.”

In fact, she also found lightbulb drinks sold at a juice shop in Sharjah. “I was surprised when they served the juice in a lightbulb. And, even then, I couldn’t get myself to drink from it.”

According to the Dubai Municipality, the material used to make lightbulbs is not conducive to storing or serving drinks.

“Coloured lightbulbs can only be used if they are made from non-hazardous material and not harm people,” the status read.

The civic body also prevents the sale of sweets shaped like cigarettes and toothpaste as it will send the wrong message to children.

The body added that it “strictly forbids food-shaped like medical equipment or things that go against the teaching if Islamic religion or societal values”.