The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City last year carried out 12 inspection campaigns targeting men's barber shops, women's beauty parlors and cosmetic-selling outlets.
The outcome was the confiscation of two tonnes of fake cosmetics and herbal medicines which were found to be counterfeit, expired or non-compliant with the health stipulations and standards applicable locally and abroad. Some of these commodities were also purported to have lapses in product labeling or fitted with labels written in foreign languages without being translated into Arabic and English.
During the campaigns, the Municipality confiscated a number of laser devices and medical equipment that require medical control as well as some other tools to perform cupping as a treatment that should be exercised in a licensed medical clinic by qualified persons and under medical supervision in addition to tattoo, peeling, tanning and slimming devices of the type that should only be used in specialised clinics.
The Municipality called on the public to cooperate with its efforts in order to preserve community health and safety by refraining from using cosmetics that are expired or of unknown source as they tend to be hazardous to the health of users. It drew the attention that these commodities are unsafe and may be harmful to health.
In an awareness campaign carried out to highlight the hazards of using black henna, the Municipality called upon ladies who visit henna salons to ensure that the henna used in these salons is natural and free of detrimental additives. In a dedicated guide booklet distributed to women's salons and beauty parlors, the Municipality underlined the many health and medical advantages of natural henna which is normally prepared as a product formed purely by grinding henna leaves.
The annual report of the Public Health and Environment Division at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City indicated that the confiscation operations were carried out in the context of a crackdown conducted by the Public Health Division in 2011 on the men's and women's beauty parlors and centers. A total of 1,489 judicial offences and 10,793 immediate offences were reported in the overall operations.
According to the report, the Public Health Division last year carried out a series of periodic health inspection campaigns targeting private schools, kindergartens and commercial shops in various parts of the city to ensure their compliance with the health and cleanliness stipulations and laws, building codes, and prevention and safety stipulations. These campaigns were conducted in the context of the mission of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City to provide superior quality of municipal services and its systematic plans to keep all parts of the city clean and hygienic through a comprehensive continuing inspection and control program.
The report also stated that 1,008 occupational facilities have already moved to Musaffah area in implementation of a decision to relocate occupational activities from Abu Dhabi Island to Musaffah following the expiry of the grace period granted to these outlets. The move underscores the Municipality's vision to ensure a superior quality of living and sustainable environment for Abu Dhabi residents.
According to the decision, the activities to be relocated to Musaffah include all commercial activities, such as building materials trading, carpentry workshops, hand carpenters, aluminum workshops, glass workshops, scrap workshops (aluminum, copper, steel and scrap materials), equipment repair workshops.
The activities to be relocated to the outskirts of Abu Dhabi Island include activities related to vehicles and cars such as trading in new auto spare parts (except auto dealers), trading in tires and accessories, batteries, decorations and accessories, additional parts and car stereos and televisions. In addition, activities including tire repair, realigning of wheel balance (electronic balancing), wash and lubrication (except ADNOC stations), oil change, car seat upholstery, car A/C repair, electrical repair and battery recharging, trading in motorbikes and jet skis along with their spare parts and accessories (except dealers) and auto computer check-up.