Dubai: Dubai Municipality has approved 48 women’s beauty centers and salons as “best salons”, even as it plans to offer first, business and economy class to the emirate’s salons.
A senior official disclosed this when the civic body awarded ‘best salon’ certificates to 20 out of 48 establishments at the Beautyworld Middle East exhibition at the Dubai International Trade Centre.
Dr Naseem Mohammed Rafee, director of the municipality’s Health and Safety Department, told Gulf News that the certification is part of the civic authority’s plan to improve the establishment of beauty services such as model salons.
“We want to measure and raise the level of health and safety compliance in all built environments in the emirate of Dubai, which includes men’s, women’s and children’s salons.
Classifying the best salons is based on the needs of consumers to have different classes of these businesses, with a high level of compliance,” he said.
However, he clarified that the certification is not a mandatory requirement of the department and receiving it is not a license to increase the payment at the salon.
“We came up with the ‘best salon’ guidelines to create a challenging environment among organizations in this business activity to enhance best practices, compliance and customer satisfaction.”
Who can find it?
The new program is integrated with the department’s effective review and grading system. “Only those businesses that have achieved the highest grade, A, in our inspection can apply for the best salon certification,” Dr Rafee explained.
All salons must commit to and fulfill all health and safety requirements as per the compliance guidelines issued by the department of salons, barbers and beauty salons. Grades are given from A to F with A being the highest and F, the lowest grade.
Those who achieve an A in the discretionary inspection can continue to apply for Ideal Salon accreditation if they demonstrate a high level of compliance that exceeds health and safety requirements.
“Beauty centers must maintain an A grade to continue with the best salon selection. They must meet at least four more criteria set for the best salon.
In the next step, the municipality plans to identify value-added services in the salon and determine their classes similar to those of air travel-economy, business and first class.
Although it is not necessary, Dr. Rafee said that many beauty centers have already started to show interest in obtaining the certificate that provides a seal of approval for sustainability, quality of service and a healthy environment.
“Many of the beauty salons, which had a low score, do the improvements themselves. They don’t wait for an inspector to come and tell them what to do. By taking our guidelines, they do their own inspection.
Existence of a proper salon management system, including customer consultation services.
Adequate controlled lighting at all workstations within the salon.
Availability of a waiting area away from the service area.
Sustainable and clean decor inside and outside the salon.
A proper mechanical ventilation system in work areas where humidity, steam and odors are generated.
High qualifications and skills, and professional certifications for employees.
Availability and special characteristics of workstations such as availability of non-essential tools that can be used, using a specialized workstation with related products and tools etc.
Waste management recycling program
Using ‘Montaji,’ a municipal program that registers registered consumer products.