Sep 18

Local Water

Should it be local water all the way?

water-is-lifeWe can’t live without water, fact.  Where there is water there is life, without water the world wouldn’t exist. From Antartica to Asia water brings life to every community in the entire world.  Our body composition contains 65% of water, without water we simply wouldn’t exist. Over the years here there has been a lot of discussion about water, its cost and whether it should be the law that local water is available at all food outlets.

It isn’t the Law that local water has to be available in all outlets, but there are rules relating to the cost of water and we as consumers are entitled to complain to the Ministry of Economy about how much we are charged for water.  If you google water laws in the UAE you can find many articles documented relating to the cost of water in the UAE.   I bet every single person who reads this post will feel they have been overcharged for water at some point in time.  Anyone who has visited any of the local water parks for example?

Mai Dubai

Mai Dubai

Recently I have visited a few restaurants who haven’t had local water on their menu, regardless of an inflated price tag. I won’t return to those restaurants or any others that don’t have local water on their beverage list.  I was recently offered only Italian water at one outlet which yet again got me thinking why locally produced water is not available everywhere. Why aren’t we supporting our own water industry?   I am 100% sure that practically every household in the UAE actually receives a delivery of local water on a weekly basis.  I have been buying from Mai Dubai since they launched, prior to that Oasis Water. Surely buying local is better for everyone, it creates jobs which in turn increases revenue within the economy. Personally I don’t want to buy imported water that has sat in dry docks and warehouses for god knows how long! I believe in freedom of choice so I have to say that imported water should be available for people who choose to buy it. However, I also think that it should be made Law that all food outlets HAVE to have local water available for their customers (at a Government set pricing structure).   What are your thoughts on the matter?

If you do have a complaint that you want to lodge about the price of local water you can contact the Ministry of Economy on 600 522225.  You may also like to take a look at this local webpage – I drink local.

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    • Alifiya on September 18, 2016 at 8:54 am
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    You are spot on! I agree witg everything you have said.
    It’s really unfair to be paying such a high price for *imported *water.
    And yes if you are drinking local water at home then why not at the restaurant.
    Water shouldn’t be treated as a beverage where they can add 1000% markup (even when the supermarket right next door is selling the same bottle for Aed 1?!?!)

    I do hope your article catches the attention of law makers

    1. that’s what I am hoping for, I just want to create some awareness and hopefully things will change 🙂

    • Sharon Divan on September 18, 2016 at 8:57 am
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    Totally agree with your point on letting the customer choose what water they would like to have… with inflated prices on ‘imported’ water it sometimes is cheaper or equivalent to ordering a mocktail off the menu. I am all for the local water choice and I believe UAE should make it compulsory for all food outlets to include it as an option.

    1. Yes I agree, people are always entitled to have a choice but local water availability should be made compulsory.

    • Badria on September 18, 2016 at 9:04 am
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    Totally agree 🙂

    1. I think we just need to create more awareness for something to be done about the pricing.

    • CLAUDINE on September 18, 2016 at 9:42 am
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    I fully agree , local water should be available at all restaurants. People should have the freedom to chose between local or imported water.

    1. definitely and the pricing of local water needs to be capped too 🙂

      1. good point!!

    • Abi on September 18, 2016 at 9:56 am
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    If you want to pay ridiculous prices for imported water then that is your choice but there should ALWAYS be an option to order local water everywhere. I recently refused to pay Dhs25 for imported water in a well known chain restaurant and they said they can bring me filtered tap water at no charge lol. They offer unlimited refills of carbonated drinks which are fattening and unhealthy but not decent priced water – so wrong!!!

    • Miss M on September 18, 2016 at 10:07 am
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    The price of water across the UAE is far too high. A bottle of water should not be costing 25aed and often more in restaurants. I also agree that if there’s a local/national company making a product we should be promoting that instead of shipping items in from across the globe at inflated prices. Great campaign let’s hope someone takes note!

    1. I am sincerely hoping someone who can actually do something about this sees this and all the comments

    • Sophie Wright on September 18, 2016 at 10:10 am
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    Agree 100%. Thanks for spreading the word!!

    1. thanks for dropping by, we just to need to create awareness

  1. I try to limit the intake of local water as all of it is desalinated sea water, yes all of it, every brand. You’ll notice on the labels that it states drinking water and not mineral water. I dread to think what sea water that has been cleaned and treated does to your kidneys & body over the years of drinking it.

    I know imported water is expensive here in Dubai and something should be done to limit the profit that outlets charge.

    Before I moved into my new career in media I worked in the food industry supply business and I used to import and supply British Spring Water to various outlets in the UAE. My cost to the outlets was AED 1.25 for a 500ml PET bottle. I’m sure that the other main water brands work on similar costs. Spring Water is free from nature, you just need to bottle it.

    1. thanks for your post Mike, I have friends who have had issues with local bottled water here too. Too much sodium I think can be an issue? I don’t like plastic bottles either but I am not prepared to pay for imported glass bottles either which are just as bad on the environment.

    • Wendy on September 18, 2016 at 10:48 am
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    Agree 100%

    • Hadia Nehme on September 18, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    Yes it should be regulated and there should be local water available everywhere! In shaa Allah you can change this with your initiate.

    1. I hope so!

    • brandon on September 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm
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    I just worry about the quality of the water. My tea tastes very differently here to at home. I still think it is not quite what it should be.

    1. its takes a while to adjust, I use tap water for the kettle and cooking, always have done

    • Leo on September 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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    The carbon footprint generated by imported water is huge.
    Support local companies

    1. its the only way to go and we have plenty to choose from here

    • Natasha Hawkes on September 18, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    There’s more free access to WIFI than water here in the UAE, whilst I’m not saying that water should be free, diners should be able to choose between local (at a reasonable price) and imported. In the UK where many chains originate, you can ask for a jug of water at no cost to a table and whilst I understand we do not drink water from the taps here, local water is of negligible cost and should be widely available whilst paying for a meal.

    1. that is exactly my argument, it should be available at all restaurants and not at inflated prices. Everyone would be happy then. If it was a lower price people would probably by more. As it is these days when we are forced to pay 20 AED we only buy the one.

    • Anita on September 18, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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    Totally agree! There should be regulatations to ensure that reasonably priced, if not free, water is always available.

    • S Hussain on September 18, 2016 at 8:09 pm
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    Completely agree. Local water should be available and prices should be checked. I paid 10 aed at one place for a bottle of local water!!

    • Fiona Marriorr on September 18, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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    Great initiative, delighted to support this campaign.

    • Mira on September 19, 2016 at 9:42 am
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    Thank you for this initiative Debbie!
    I agree that a law should be made for all consumers to have a choice which brand they want to buy.

    1. thanks Mira 🙂

    • Rachel on September 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm
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    Yes, it should absolutely be available in every dining outlet – regardless of a chain dining outlet to a 5* resort. It’s important for customers to have a choice to buy local or imported water.

    1. that is exactly my argument, there should be choice.

    • Sonia on September 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm
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    I agree! Local water at a reasonable price should be mandatory in restaurant

    1. Seems everyone is of the same opinion, thanks for dropping by.

    • Peter on October 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm
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    Few days ago I was at P.F. Changs, and ordered a small 500 ml plastic bottle of imported water and ended up paying 13 Dirhams. I feel that the authorities should be more strict on the ridiculous price of water at restaurants.

    1. It is ridiculous the amount of money some outlets charge, but until the Government addresses it nothing will change sadly.

  2. I had to come back to this post of yours Debbie. I recently paid AED 5 for a small bottle of water in a cafe at Festuval City which otherwise would have costed me AED 1 if I had bought it from a supermarket. Wouldn’t have bought if my son wasn’t so thirsty at the time. I think I will be checking up on the rules and reporting the cafe for charging me 5 times.

    1. this the problem, there are no rules!! its a disgrace.

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