Only pharmacies may sell energy drinks

Updated 24 May 2014

Only pharmacies may sell energy drinks

The Kingdom’s Consumer Protection Society is preparing a proposal to demand limiting the sales of energy drinks to pharmacies and to customers above the age of 18.
Society Chairman Nasir Al-Tuwaim said: “We drafted this proposal two days ago to limit the sale of these drinks to pharmacies and to consumers only over 18 years old.”
The drinks are in high demand by teenagers and young men who are often exposed to the harmful effects of the beverages. “Some people have died of addiction to these drinks,” Al-Tuwaim added.
Explaining the downside of the energy drinks, he said that consumers often mix them with alcohol to create a deadly potion which build up toxins in the body and might lead to kidney failure or even death.
“People at high risk of danger from these drinks are students or fitness enthusiasts who develop an addiction for them while trying to stay up late during exams or to enhance their performance in sports,” he added.
He pointed out that like smoking which has not been banned in the Kingdom despite its harmful effects, energy drinks are equally popular. “We are trying to build awareness among youngsters so they stop buying the stuff. This is the best way to counter the sale of the drinks and their harmful effects,” Al-Tuwaim underlined.
The Council of Ministers has announced its intention to stop advertising energy drinks through all the media. Earlier, it banned energy drink companies, its sales representatives and marketing staff from sponsoring sports, social or cultural events, or carrying out any activity to promote these drinks.


Dayma: Levantine flavors with a contemporary twist

Updated 25 October 2020

Dayma: Levantine flavors with a contemporary twist

  • Levantine cookhouse Dayma offers a selection of classic dishes with a contemporary twist
  • Dayma seals the deal with a card showing a cup of coffee and a translated Arabic proverb

DUBAI: Those of us who grew up eating Levantine cuisine will recall the warmth and flavor of many dishes, along with childhood memories of family gatherings and chitchat.

Levantine cookhouse Dayma offers a selection of classic dishes with a contemporary twist.

Starters include shatta prawn crescents — sourdough sambuseks stuffed with prawns, shatta (a Middle Eastern hot sauce), ginger, coriander and lime. The crispy dough encloses a zesty and slightly spicy filling.

Aubergine sfiha stars — sourdough shaped stars with smoked eggplant, pomegranate molasses and walnuts — are a smokier, vegetarian version of the Arabic meat pastry or sfiha.

Dayma also offers a selection of four starters in its “swingers special.” Try a range of pastries and decide which you would recommend.

From the dips, we would suggest the carrot mutabbal, a perfect marriage of tropical and Middle Eastern flavors. Unlike the original recipe based on smoked eggplant, this one uses whipped carrots and caraway, tahini, slivered dates and coconut shavings. The dip has a delicious sweet flavor with an interesting sour aftertaste.

Among the mains, if you are looking for a more traditional or mainstream example of Levantine cuisine, try Beik’s lamb chops. The meat is delightfully tender, with a sweet and smoky flavor.

Looking to try something old style cooked in a new style? The kebbeh mini-tray bake features burghul pie filled with a tasty stuffing of minced beef, caramelized onions, sour cherry and flaked almonds, generously spiced with cinnamon. 

Another delicious main is the yellowtail faskar. Locally sourced sea bream fillet is marinated in ginger, tamarind and coriander and then barbecued, giving it a smoky flavor.  

Dayma seals the deal with a card showing a cup of coffee and a translated Arabic proverb to honor the Middle Eastern tradition of serving guests coffee after a meal.

A great place to try traditional Arabic cuisine with a clever contemporary twist.