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Navigating Alcohol Licence in Dubai: Here’s A Guide for you

This article gives important information about obtaining an alcohol licence in Dubai and adhering to local restrictions.

As the festive season unfolds in Dubai, residents and tourists alike may wish to partake in small gatherings and celebrations, including the consumption of alcoholic beverages. 

This guide provides essential information on obtaining an alcohol license in Dubai, ensuring compliance with local regulations, and enjoying alcoholic beverages responsibly.

Application Process:

Offline Application:

Residents can visit authorized liquor stores such as African Eastern or MMI to apply for a license.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and present a valid Emirates ID during the application process.

Basic details are collected, and the application begins processing.

Upon approval, applicants can purchase alcoholic beverages.

Online Application:

Visit the official African Eastern website and click ‘Apply for a license.’

Fill out the online form with personal details, including the Emirates ID number.

Processing time typically ranges from two to five weeks.

2. Cost

As of recent amendments, obtaining an alcohol license in Dubai is now free.

3. Eligibility

To be eligible for a liquor license, applicants must:

  • Be 21 years or older.
  • Hold UAE residency with a valid Emirates ID.

4. Tourist Applications

Tourists can also apply for a personal liquor license in Dubai. Requirements include presenting a valid passport (with at least two months of validity) and being over 21 years old.

5. Rules and Regulations:

Legal Drinking Age:

The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 years.

Public Consumption:

Public consumption of liquor is strictly prohibited and carries legal consequences.

Drinking and Driving:

A zero-tolerance policy exists for drinking and driving in Dubai. It is strictly prohibited.

Licensed Venues:

Alcohol consumption is permitted only at licensed restaurants, lounges, and bars across the city.

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