UAE bans smoking shisha in Dubai, Abu Dhabi due to coronavirus

A cigarette and hookah seller wearing a protective mask looks through the front of his store in Kuwait City on March 5, 2020. (AFP)

The UAE banned on Thursday cafes and restaurants in the country from serving shisha as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

The representative of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi told a local newspaper that those who don’t abide by the new law will be punished by a warning, fines, or restaurant closure, depending on the violation.

The UAE has 74 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the health ministry.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57