Residents and tourists in Abu Dhabi no longer need to present a licence to drink and buy alcohol while in the emirate
22 September 2020| Last updated on 22 September 2020
Customers who want to buy and consume alcohol in Abu Dhabi must be at least 21 years old
Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism issued a notice to alcohol distribution companies and retailers, announcing that customers will no longer need to provide an alcohol licence.
The new decision allows customers who are 21 years old and above to purchase alcohol for personal use in private homes and licensed establishments, clubs, and outlets. Resale and storage is not permitted.
"We would like to announce the cancellation of alcohol licences allowed to drink within tourism and hotel establishments, clubs and independent outlets, in accordance with the following requirements," the authorities said.
Previously, by law UAE residents and tourists in the capital were required to show a valid alcohol licence card to buy alcohol.
Dubai lessens paperwork for alcohol licences
In Dubai, licensed areas and shops are required to ask residents for an alcohol licence, and a temporary licence from tourists.
However, bars and restaurants in Dubai do not always ask to see a customer's licence.
Earlier this year, Dubai changed their alcohol licence system, making it easier for residents and visitors to purchase drinks. As part of their move, residents will only need to fill out a form, show a valid UAE Emirates ID and pay an AED 270 fee.
To make the process more simple and require less paperwork, acquiring an alcohol licence in Dubai will no longer need a no-objection certificate (NOC) from their employer or sponsor.
For tourists in Dubai, a temporary alcohol licence can be received by presenting their valid passport and entry / visa stamp to store staff.