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Everything you need to know about legal alcohol consumption in Dubai; Fines, age limits and more


Although drinking alcohol is no longer illegal in most of the country, it is important to keep in mind the predominantly Islamic culture of the UAE.

Do you have plans to attend a party this weekend? There are customs and guidelines that you must follow in Dubai if you intend to drink alcohol.

Dubai’s laws regulating the purchase of alcoholic beverages were relaxed in 2023. In addition, authorities removed a 30% tax previously applied to beverages in the emirate, increasing accessibility for both visitors and locals. .

Here’s everything you need to know before drinking in Dubai:

Age limit

A minimum age limit is imposed on all those who consume alcoholic beverages in Dubai. To buy or consume alcohol in the emirate you must be at least 21 years old.

Consume legally

Here is a list of rules to follow when consuming alcoholic beverages in Dubai:

The consumption of alcoholic beverages is only permitted in restaurants or lounges that have a valid alcohol license. Consuming alcohol in public is prohibited.

People may consume alcoholic beverages in their homes or living spaces if they have an alcohol license.

Do not drink or drive

The United Arab Emirates has a strict policy against drunk driving.

The offender is subject to a fine to be decided by the court, in addition to 23 black points and the confiscation of his vehicle for 60 days.

In 2022, a British expatriate was sentenced to a month in prison and had his car confiscated for 30 days. The man was charged with driving a vehicle under the influence, running a red light, driving the wrong way and damaging property.

buy alcohol

If you want to buy alcohol in Dubai, you will need to obtain a license. However, it has recently become much easier to obtain one as you can apply online or go to a registered liquor store and get your license for free.

There are two types of registered liquor stores in the city: African Eastern and MMI.

Get an alcohol license

There are two ways to apply for a liquor license in Dubai:


Residents can go to African Eastern or MMI and apply for a license at the store.

Applicants must be 21 years or older and have a valid Emirates ID that they can present in store.

The employees will ask the applicant for some basic details, after which their application will begin processing.

Applicants will be able to purchase beverages after applying for a license.


Applicants can visit the official website of African Eastern and click on “Apply for License” in the top right corner of the website.

After that, they will be directed to a form where they will be asked to fill in some personal details, including their Emirates ID number.

News Source: Khaleej Times


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