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Visit any of the shisha cafes in the cities of the Gulf states and it isn’t hard to see why smoking tobacco through a water pipe is becoming increasingly popular among the young people of the region,  locals and expats alike. After all, what’s not to like about kicking back in a trendy waterside cafe with friends, watching the sun go down over the Gulf and listening to cool sounds as you pass the hose and...

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Health experts predict a wide-ranging so-called UAE “sin tax” will raise awareness and prompt consumption of sugar and tobacco to plummet across the Emirates. The new regulations, which will come into effect in January, puts a 100 per cent tax on e-cigarettes, vaping devices and tobacco refills. Juices and drinks containing added sugar and sweeteners will be subject to a 50 percent tax. Dr Vikram Hundia, a consultant endocrinologist at Dubai’s Al Zahra hospital, told...