A professional massage is meant to be a relaxing experience, but the latest news about Dubai’s parlours is anything but.
A whopping 330 fines totalling Dhs750,000 in penalties have been issued to massage centres across the city in the last year.
A further 561 warnings were given out to businesses, a senior official at Dubai Municipality told Gulf News.
The Public Health and Safety Department has carried out more than 900 site inspections since January, and found that most of the rule-breaking was focused around the parlour’s hygiene.
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“There were also instances where the staff members were cooking and eating inside massage centres,” said Hafid Guloom, head of health control.
Other violations noted were staff without valid occupational health cards, which comes with a Dhs300 fine.
Fines for other offences include Dhs400 for a lack of cleanliness, and Dhs1,000 for a failure to properly maintain the premises.
Guloom also told Gulf News that centres should not be providing anything other than massages, and urged masseurs not to provides sevices from their home without a licence.
“Massage centres are not licensed to provide any medical services or physiotherapy. They are meant for providing relaxation, not treatment. They need to stick to the technical guidelines and health requirements provided on the municipality’s website,” he said.