UN health agency backs away from call to tax sugary drinks

The World Health Organization is backing away from its own call two years ago for taxing sugary drinks, in a new report that some experts slammed as being “conspicuously limp.” (Reuters)
Updated 01 June 2018

UN health agency backs away from call to tax sugary drinks

GENEVA: The World Health Organization is backing away from its own call two years ago for taxing sugary drinks, in a new report that some experts slammed as being “conspicuously limp.”
In 2016, the UN health agency urged countries to tax sugar-laden drinks like sodas and sport drinks as a way to fight obesity and diabetes. Back then, it said a 20 percent price increase in such drinks would dramatically cut consumption.
But in a report published Friday, WHO experts pointedly dropped any recommendation to tax sugary beverages. WHO said that regarding sugar taxation, “some views were conflicting and could not be resolved.”
Jack Winkler, an emeritus professor of nutrition policy at London Metropolitan University, said that amid the rising obesity epidemic, WHO’s failure to recommend sugar taxation was “particularly absurd.”


Where we’re eating today: Said Dal 1923

Updated 04 July 2020

Where we’re eating today: Said Dal 1923

DUBAI: If you’re after somewhere to take your morning coffee in style in the UAE, then we’ve got a suggestion for you. Said Dal 1923 has opened a new outpost in the region, taking up residence in Dubai’s bustling City Walk. 

Situated just a stone’s throw away from Concepts shoe store, Said Dal 1923, touted as the best place for hot chocolate, is the first in the GCC. It comes nearly a century after it began its mission as a chocolate factory in Rome founded by Aldo de Mauro. de Mauro’s grandchildren Fabrizio and Carla are behind the concept in Dubai. 

Photographed by Ziyad Al-Arfaj

The new dining space aims to maintain the charm of one of the oldest chocolate factories in Rome by way of its rustic interior and decades-old, rickety furniture, including a vintage chocolate machine. 

In addition to an impressive chocolate boutique encompassing everything from pralines, dragees and more, the delectable menu comprises an array of mouth-watering desserts, such as tiramisu, crepes, chocolate brownies and carrot cake to name a few.

Photographed by Ziyad Al-Arfaj

Tempting pastries aside, guests can also pick and choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat dishes, including pizza, truffle ravioli, Portobello linguini and  chicken tagliatelle. Coffee and the signature hot chocolate are also available in takeaway cups for shoppers who are on-the-go. 

Photographed by Ziyad Al-Arfaj

Dubai’s new cafe is only the second international outpost of Said Dal 1923. The first establishment to operate outside of Rome can be found in London’s Soho district– along with huge queues in front of it.