Dubai to offer free 30-day alcohol licence for tourists

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on July 12, 2019 | Last updated on July 12, 2019 at 06.23 am
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The free alcohol tourist licence is valid only to visitors who are non-Muslim and 21 years and over.

The Emirate of Dubai is now offering a free 30-day alcohol licence for tourists, a move that ensures visitors will not be penalised for breaking the law.

Alcohol retail outlet Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI), a subsidiary of the Emirates Group, has a separate segment on its website instructing tourists on the process of applying for the license. The free alcohol tourist licence is valid only to visitors who are non-Muslim and 21 years and over.

Tourists are instructed to visit any MMI store with your original passport and complete and sign a form confirming that the buyer is a tourist.  Furthermore, the store will take a copy of the passport as well as the entry stamp and each visitor will be issued guidelines to responsible in Dubai.

The site instructed, "Please ensure that you read this to ensure you are respectful of the country, its rules and its people that you are visiting." The tourist code of conduct includes a list of five instructions, including no consumption in public places, no drinking and driving, do not be intoxicated in public, and alcohol in public places.

Presently, Dubai resident visa holders are eligible for a two-year licence that allows them to buy alcohol from shops and store it at home. Also, anyone drinking in the city's bars and restaurants should technically have a licence, though they do not ask to see one.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for over ten years. For Khaleej Times, she covers NRI affairs, civil aviation, and immigration issues among other things. She completed her BA in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MA in Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media at the American University in Dubai. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves food, and is mom to an over-enthusiastic Labrador retriever. Tweet at her @shootsprintrite.

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