Those living in Dubai, know the inner workings of the city: what’s allowed, what’s not. But the one topic that still raises a few eyebrows is that of alcohol.
Being the hub of tourism, drinking is allowed for non-Muslims. That said, the city is still a Muslim city, so while Dubai is lenient with alcohol consumption by non-Muslims in general, it still imposes strict regulations.
Hence, here are 9 rules about booze and boozing in Dubai that you must be aware of as a visitor and resident
9. The legal drinking age in Dubai and the UAE is 21 years
8. Expats can drink in licensed restaurants, hotels and bars attached to licensed hotels
In Dubai, alcohol can only be consumed privately or in licenced public areas.
7. Consuming Alcohol without a liquor licence at home is now allowed in Dubai
Drinking in other private areas such as hotel rooms is also permitted.
6. You still need a valid liquor license to PURCHASE booze from bottle shops around the city
Here are a few licensed bottle shops in Dubai:
- African + Eastern
- The Cellar Door
- Legal Home Delivery – a legal bottle home delivery service
5. Selling alcohol to anyone below the legal drinking age in Dubai is illegal
This is according to the amendments to Federal Law No 3 of 1987 of the Penal Code.
4. Unauthorised entities who make, distribute or sell booze in Dubai are subject to severe legal action
3. Dubai has a zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving, this offence is punishable nationwide
2. It’s AGAINST the law to drink in public areas – including beaches, parks and gardens
Being intoxicated in public areas goes against the UAE’s cultural code and could lead up to 6 months imprisonment with hefty fines.
1. Be discreet when showing or talking about alcohol on social media
Refer to alcoholic drinks as beverages/drinks/spirits/grapes and etc.
It’s safer for your personal and business accounts.