On 15 February 2018, Azraq joined hands with Freedom Pizza to announce a campaign that would reduce single use plastic straws from food outlets in the United Arab Emirates.

This movement was inspired by the thoughtful acts of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, who last year dedicated the launch of International Volunteer Day to cleaning the sea.

Since launching, Pitfire Pizza, Jumeriah Group, Gates Hospitality and Urth have followed in Freedom Pizza’s footsteps to remove plastic straws and in most cases additional single plastic items like cutlery from their restaurants, cafes and hotels.

In the US alone, 500 million straws are used every day. The World Economic Forum has warned if action is not taken, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, which is an extremely worrying thought. Plastic straws end up in the ocean primarily through human error, and an estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs.



  • Request no straws when ordering your drinks either online or at the outlet

  • Use reusable straws instead of single use plastic ones. These can be purchased at our online shop

  • Download and provide outlets providing plastic straws without a request this letter requesting they reconsider this service provision and why. We also have the letter in a format from a child’s point of view here. We are grateful to GEMS Modern Year 9 students who assisted securing some of the below outlets in joining the #stopsucking movement in the United Arab Emirates.


THANK YOU also to the below outlets who removed plastic straws from their service since the announcement of the #stopsucking campaign in the region .


NOTE: The Daily Restaurant in Karama, Wrapchic in Burjuman, Yo! Sushi in Burjuman and Azkadenya in Mercato Mall are the only outlets under this name to sign on to this change in operations for the time being. Other restaurants throughout the Middle East bearing the same name are not a part of the #stopsucking initiative.


Congratulations to the following outlets for also coming on board the campaign by only providing plastic straws on request:





Chili’s | Joe’s Crab Shack



Barbeque Nation  | Peshwa Restaurant | Jaffer Bhai’s Restaurant | The Bhukkad Cafe | Good Day Cafe | Superkid Restaurant | Betawi Cafe | Kulfi House | The Monk | Bikanervala Restaurant



The Living Room Cafe | Jim’s Kitchen Table | No. FiftySeven Boutique Cafe



Eat Greek



Broccoli Pizza and Pasta | Sushi Express Cafe | Sub Zone Bistro