Getting your alcohol licence just became even easier

If you live in Dubai and want to drink alcohol, you should have a licence.

It’s the only way you can legally purchase alcohol to drink, transport or store alcohol at home.

Good news is that obtaining a licence just got a lot easier. MMI Dubai has announced that all you now need is your Emirates ID, passport, visa copy and passport photo. Bringing your tenancy contract is “optional,” the liquor retailer says.

Previously to apply for a liquor licence, we needed to produce our labour contract to show we earn more than AED 3,000 a month and a NOC from our sponsor (either your employer, husband or father).

What hasn’t changed – you must be a non-Muslim aged 21 or above to eligble. The fee is still AED 270 (but successful applicants get back vouchers worth AED 1,500 to spend in-store, according to MMI’s website). Applying isn’t a guarantee of being granted a licence.

There are 17 MMI stores around Dubai where you can hand over your application. Find your nearest or apply online at

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