Living in UAE as an tourist or Expat is fun but those who want to feel taste of liquor in Dubai or Abu dhabi they need a special permission to do so. UAE as a Muslim Nation doesn’t allows Alcohol to be sold and consume openly but due to large foreign community living in Dubai has proportion of many non-Muslims, Dubai and other UAE emirates only allow them to purchase and drink after they legally get license from authorities.
Where Licence is Not Required: There are some licensed areas such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels and sports clubs, the owners take special license from government to sell Alcohol Drinks even without seeing license. The bartender may ask about license if a person looks minor or younger. But still government strictly tells people to keep license always while consuming these type of drinks.
Even if you have license try not to drink openly in public, always try to store and consume alcohol in your own private room. If staying in Hotel the security staff may ask for license.
1. The applicant must be over 21 years of age
2. Only for Non-Muslims
3. Hold Resident Visa of Dubai
4. Monthly Salary Dhs 3000
5. Get the form from local liquor Drinks Supply Chains MMI (www.mmidubai.com), Spinneys (www.spinneys.com), A&E (www.africaneastern.com) and you can apply online to the Special License Office (www.auhsl.ae).
6. Keep copy of passport with resident visa page, contract copy resident. Copy job contract MOL.
7. The store may take fee of Dh 160 or less.
After filling the form take this to employer/pro/company and ask them to stamp and sign the application.
After giving Documents and fulfilling the requirement store themselves give application to police station which may take at least 2 weeks for processing.
After Successful Completion of all process Store will contact applicant to collect its license.
Through Companies: If applicant company is applying on his behalf than application is must be stamped/signed by employer and applicant also.
Free Zone: For freezone companies applicant need to contact respective free zone authority for permission.
Non Muslims Husband Wife: Only Husband is allowed to get license after than he can given NOC letter to his wife to consume alcohol.
Muslim Husband and Non Muslim Wife: She will need Request Letter from his Muslim Husband for making of License.
Abu Dhabi Visa Holder: Applicant need to get NOC from Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA)
Alcohol Licence Validity and Fee:
Liquor license is valid for 1 year.
The procedure is same for renewal.
Thirty percent tax is applicable on each bottle purchased.
After expiry the fee is same 160 UAE Dirham.