The United Arab Emirates federal tax agency (FTA) has issued a decision to delay the implementation of the United Arab Emirates' ban on hookah and electronic cigarettes.
On Tuesday, authorities said in a statement that the ban was due to take effect on June 1, 2020, on the timetable for the second phase of the marking tobacco and tobacco products scheme.
The plan aims to protect consumers from commercial fraud and poor quality products, and strengthen the fight against tax evasion.
The FTA explained that the extension of the program is to meet the current challenges, with producers, importers, distributors and stockists of water pipe, tobacco and e-cigarettes not meeting previously set standards.
Strict measures have been taken to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, banning restaurants and cafes from providing customers with hookah.
The FTA calls on producers, importers and distributors of tobacco products and all stakeholders to comply with cabinet decision 42 of 2018.