Published: 2019-04-29 14:55
Last Updated: 2019-04-29 15:40
Ramadan is almost at our doorsteps and the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has announced the rules that must be followed by the businesses wishing to set up a Ramadan Tent during the holy month.
All detached Ramadan Tents must be operated by licensed restaurants and coffee shops or must be attached to those same venues.
A Tent's operating hours must begin with the Maghrib (sunset) prayers and stop after Suhoor (pre-dawn meal).
Ramadan Tent owners must provide enough parking spaces for their customers, in addition to providing toilet facilities and getting permission to operate from the Governor of Amman and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
If a cafe or restaurant is planning on setting up a Ramadan Tent, then it must be at least 200 sqm away from the nearest residential area, and 250 sqm away from the nearest hospital and mosque/church.
Serving alcoholic drinks is not allowed and serving shisha is only permitted if the venue serving it has the proper license from the Ministry of Health.
If a bakery or a pastry shop is planning on setting up a Ramadan Tent, where "qatayef" will be prepared, the tent must be next to the shop in a way which makes it part of it.
However, if a store licensed to sell electronics is planning to set up a tent to sell Ramadan lanterns and decorations, then the tent must be placed next to the shop or on a free land, regardless of its location, yet the store owner must ask for the land owner's approval.
Shop owners wishing to set up tents must apply for a license at the different directorates of GAM and provide a copy of the vocation license.
The tent location will later be inspected by the relevant departments.