Radisson Blu hotel kitchen reopens after being shut for food safety offences

The Abu Dhabi hotel's main kitchen reopened on Sunday

The hotel is one of the oldest in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy ADNH
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Health chiefs temporarily shut the kitchen of the historic Radisson Blu hotel over the weekend due to food safety concerns.

The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) ordered the closure of the Corniche property for a number of reasons including a failure to provide proper food storage and incorrect training procedures.

It is believed the main kitchen - used to cook food for the buffet offerings at the hotel - was closed from last Thursday and reopened on Sunday morning.

Thamer Al Qasimi of the ADAFSA said that the offences posed a threat to the health and safety of consumers.

Abu Dhabi National Hotels, which owns the property, said the kitchen had closed for "refurbishment" and was fully operational again.

"The hotel continues to work closely with the authorities as part of its ongoing efforts to maintain quality and standards and in compliance with Abu Dhabi’s food and safety requirements," it said.

"The hotel’s other restaurants are currently operating as normal, continuing to deliver on our guests’ expectations."

Mr Al Qasimi, meanwhile, urged people to contact the Abu Dhabi Government toll free number on 800555 to report food safety offences.

Radisson Blu took over the hotel from Hilton on January 1. A major refurbishment of one of Abu Dhabi's oldest hotels is slated to take place over the summer.