The types and amount of food that lunch boxes of school students in Dubai should contain will soon depend on the new guidelines to be issued by the authorities to promote healthy eating habits.
Dubai Municipality’s Food Control Department in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority has come up with instructions for preparing school meals for children according to their age groups, in the form of an illustrative poster.
“The new poster titled ‘School Lunch Kit’ includes information on healthy food habits to be maintained when preparing lunch kits for children in all phases of schooling,” the municipality said on Thursday.
According to the poster to be distributed in schools soon, five types of foods, namely fruits, vegetable, milk, proteins, and grains should be included in the kit. Ideal food composition with regards to children’s age also has been explained in the poster.
School canteens have also been ordered not to sell soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit syrups, milk and yogurt with artificial flavours, lollipops and chewing gums, confectionaries with sugar and artificial colour, chocolates, food with sodium glutamate content, high fat foods and chips. A list of food items to be ideally made available in canteens has also been mentioned in the poster, which, an official said, is currently available only in Arabic.
The Municipality said it had started various awareness programmes including lectures and workshops in this regard. —firstname.lastname@example.org
Dubai eGovernment has updated its mPay mobile payment gateway and has added new features, including SMS capabilities. Users can now send an SMS to 4488 to inquire or pay government transaction fees or due charges.
The SMS service now allows Salik recharge from RTA, payment of traffic fines from Dubai Police and payment of electricity bills from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
“This gateway is part of our initiative to provide government services through innovative channels with the aim of facilitating government transactions of the public and businesses in Dubai. All departments need a set of electronic components and infrastructure to provide their service online under high quality and security stipulations. We, in Dubai eGovernment, work on the provision of these components in the form of common eServices and infrastructure with the departments, enabling them to provide their eServices to the public, thereby offering them a platform for innovation and excellence in their specialized fields,” said Wesam Lootah, assistant director general of Dubai eGovernment.
The new updates to the Dubai eGovernment system are designed to allow users to activate auto-payment/auto recharge of the government services provided by mPay regularly (daily, weekly, monthly or at a specific date for payment or recharge). They also allow control over the minimum balance and the maximum payment/recharge.
The updates also allow users to configure mPay to support multiple accounts for one government service. For example, a customer can recharge the Salik account of his/her car and that of another car he/she owns from his/her mPay account.
“Dubai eGovernment provides online payment services through the Internet and mobile phones for instant payment of government fees, using effective and convenient means to save their time and spare them the trouble of visiting the concerned banks or departments. As mPay does not need a computer with access to the Internet, the service can be done instantly anywhere,” said Lootah.
The Dubai eGovernment is currently considering the expansion of individual and corporate beneficiaries of this service, either by introducing new departments and entities or adding new services of interest to customers.
To use mPay service, customers must register on http://mpay.dubai.ae.