Tourists to Dubai now offered a free alcohol licence

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Got friends and family visiting the emirate of Dubai this summer?

Let them know that they can now apply for an alcohol licence.

The temporary permit is valid for 30 days and allows them to purchase alcohol in MMI stores around Dubai.

It’s completely free, but you must be a non-Muslim aged 21 or over.

Tourists should take their passport to any of MMI’s 17 stores around the emirate. There they’ll be asked to sign a form confirming they are a tourist and they understand the laws on purchasing, transporting and consuming alcohol in Dubai.

Staff will also take a copy of your passport, with entry stamp, and give you a code of conduct that covers must-does like not drinking and driving and not displaying alcohol in public.

It’s now also easier for Dubai residents to get a licence to buy and keep alcohol at home. In April 2019, liquor retailer MMI Dubai has announced that providing your tenancy contract is now “optional.” Read our guide on what you still need to apply.

For both holidaymakers and people who live here, applying isn’t a guarantee of being Dubai authorities granting a licence.

Find out more here

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