Tourists in Dubai can now buy alcohol from shops

Published on : Saturday, July 20, 2019

Dubai has introduced new measures to make the city more visitor-friendly by allowing tourists in Dubai to buy alcohol from shops for the first time.


Earlier, the holidaymakers could purchase and consumer drinks only at licensed venues that included hotels and restaurants.


Non-Muslim visitors over the age of 21 can buy alcohol from any Mercantile and Marketing International (MMI) or African and Eastern liquor store in the city.

A license will be required by the visitors to purchase alcohol from the shops but it is free of charge and can be obtained by applying on arrival in Dubai.

An official declaration stating that the tourist is not a UAE resident and will agree to abide by the UAE’s rules on alcohol purchase and consumption and the process needs the tourists to supply their passport.

The applicant’s passport copy and entry stamp  will be taken by the shop. Further, they will be provided with guideline about how to be a responsible drinker in Dubai.

For 30 days the license will remain valid and can be renewed if tourists choose to extend their stay.

There is a relaxation of the rules on buying booze buy the United Arab Emirates will still impose strict laws when it comes to alcohol consumption.

According to the  Foreign Office advice – You should be aware that it is a punishable offence under UAE law to drink or be under the influence of alcohol in public.

Under the law British nationals were arrested and charges and in many cases they have come to the attention of the police for a related offence or matter like disorderly or offensive behavior.

Those passenger under the influence of alcohol in the transit through the UAE may also be arrested.

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