The Dubai municipality has said fines for smoking in Dubai malls are likely to be imposed in September.
The AED 1,000 (EUR 174) fine can be imposed by the Dubai police, if smokers do not put out their cigarettes in malls when asked to by security guards.
Salem Bin Mesmar, assistant director general of the municipality's Health, Safety and Environment Control Sector, said: "What has been agreed in shopping malls was that security guards would tell the person it's not allowed to smoke. If they don't … security can call the police. If we have to fine them we will, because the law says we can." (sra)