Every food outlet (restaurant, eatery) in Dubai to be assigned a QR code
When scanned by customers, the QR code will take them to a webpage showing the grade of the outlet given by Dubai authorities in terms of adherence to hygiene and food safety standards
The machine-readable QR code consists of array of black and white squares, typically used for storing web addresses or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone.
Want to check the adherence to safety and hygiene standards of a restaurant or food outlet you’re visiting in Dubai? No problem.
A new QR Code system will allow you to choose food based on hygiene and safety in Dubai-based food outlets. The system was launched by the Dubai Municipality recently.
Under this system, Dubai’s Food Safety Department will issue smartphone-readable codes to food outlets through its “Food Watch” digital platform.
How to use the QR code
Using it is easy: When consumers scan the QR code of an eatery with their smartphones, it would lead them to a webpage that shows various details of the outlet — including its hygiene and food safety standard ratings.
It will be mandatory for food outlets to display the QR codes in their premises as and when they are issued one, officials said after Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, launched the system at the Gulfood Exhibition 2019 in Dubai on Sunday.
There are more than 18,000 food businesses in various categories according to Dubai Municipality.
QR codes will be issued to all of them in phases, starting with hotels, restaurants and other eateries in popular areas.
The food businesses are issued grades from A to E based on the standards of hygiene and food safety and the number and nature of violations recorded during inspections.
In 2015, the municipality had come up with a colour-coded sticker system that allowed diners to know the grades issued to food outlets. Read more…