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All About Liquor license in Dubai Abu Dhabi – Fees, Process and Requirements

September 08, 2019

The UAE is a global hub of business and tourist attraction. According to the statistics, 15.8 million tourists have visited the country in 2017 and more than 10% of the population comprised of expatriates. To keep the tourist attraction necessary to encourage more and more people to visit the country, the UAE government has made a lot of changes in Law over the past couple of years.

This includes the import and export of alcohol.

Previously, alcohol was banned in the UAE and the person who consumes it should face the Law. Now, you have to complete certain conditions and then you can reframe the import and export of consumable alcohol.

This post covers everything related to Liquor license in the UAE. How you can get it, what are the documents and much more.

Some Basic Facts About Liquor License In UAE

  • Any Non-Muslim should possess a liquor license, even they are inside the parameters of any public places.
  • Minimum age to apply for the license is 21 years.
  • Liquor based restaurants are not allowed to serve alcohol in Dubai.
  • Alcohol can be found in sports clubs, bars, hotels, and other special places.
  • Muslims are not issued alcohol license.
  • The maximum purchase of consumable alcohol shall be 20% of your monthly salary (roughly Dh,5000)
  • Drinking in public is illegal, and you will face the law if you’re caught.
  • There’s a zero-tolerance policy against alcohol in Dubai.
  • NOC is required for married women.
  • Promotion and Advertising of alcohol are illegal.
  • There’s a strict restriction for closing hours.
  • A person must be a UAE resident with a monthly earning of more than AED 3,000.

Types of Alcohol License in Dubai

Alcohol license available in Dubai are:

  • Liquor Import Licence.
  • License to purchase liquor.
  • License to sell liquor (third parties).
  • License to serve within a hotel, bar or restaurant.


How to Apply For Alcohol License Abu Dhabi?

Applying for an alcohol license in Abu Dhabi is now easier and simpler than before. The process is simplified as per by the African and Eastern and MMI. You’re required to have a few documents, license fee and you’re good to go.

Documents Required For Alcohol License Abu Dhabi

  • Passport Size photograph.
  • Passport and Emirates ID copy.
  • Visa Copy.
  • Tenancy Contract (optional).

Alcohol License Abu Dhabi Process

Documents are required for proof, and the applicant is not depended on third party documents. NOC is required in some cases but mostly with your original salary certificate, you can get an alcohol license.

  • License is valid for one year
  • 30% is imposed on liquor
  • You can renew it by paying some amount.


Liquor License FAQ’s

How long does it take to get an alcohol license in Dubai?

Once you’ve submitted your documents and the required fee, you will receive your license in the next 4-5 weeks.

How much does it cost to get an alcohol license in the UAE?

Fees vary for outlets and online registration. For more details, you can contact us on +971 4 3808 333.


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