Cleanest Karama shops awarded

Cleanest Karama shops awarded


Shopkeepers and managers in Karama have helped in adding sheen to the area after a campaign sought to honour them for keeping their outlets and surroundings clean and tidy.
Ten shops in the heart of Karama won the honour from the Waste Management Department of the Dubai Municipality, which conducted “Karama Clean Store Contest,” as part of the “Say Yes to a Clean Karama” campaign.

The cleanliness awareness drive that ran from December 26 to January 4 helped in achieving the target of spreading awareness against littering and other dirty practices, according to officials.

Khalid Mohsin Nasir Al Aamri, the head of Operations and Cleaning Section, and Sohail Mohammed Al-Awadhi, the head of Bur Dubai Cleaning Unit, distributed the trophies and certificates to the winners on Wednesday.

Mountains Way Trading Company, Karachi Darbar Restaurant and Rosaliah Perfumes bagged the first, second and third place respectively.

Bahman Taheri, the Iranian owner of Mountains Way that sells handbags and other leather accessories, said the staff did not do anything more than cleaning up the shop and its premises the normal way during the campaign.

Shelley Farrow, who was among a group of six Canadian tourists visiting the shop, said she was impressed with the general cleanliness in Dubai, in old and new areas alike.

Raja Nazakat, branch manager of Karachi Darbar Restaurant, said the eatery gave same importance to cleanliness and food safety. “During the campaign we became more careful about the hygiene practices of our customers as well. We discouraged them from throwing cigarette butts around and requested them not to litter the premises with tea cups or water bottles.”

Al-Awadhi said: “We feel that we have achieved the target of the campaign, as we found the people in these shops being very proactive in educating the public about general cleanliness.”

Abdul Karim Bajwa, the area officer from the Waste Management Department, said apart from the routine inspections by 13 municipal employees in three shifts, the department set up a new committee to make special inspections during the campaign. Of the nearly 1,500 shops in Karama, 100 shops took part in the contest. The rest of the winners of the contest are Mendello Trading, Marka Fashion, Sand Panjab Restaurant, Rafi Photo Store, City Shoes Trading, Al Waroa Gallery and Sheela Trading Co.

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