Sport Abu Dhabi withdraws the permit to buy alcohol

17:35  22 september  2020
17:35  22 september  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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ABU DHABI , United Arab Emirates — Authorities in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi have abolished the requirement for permits to purchase and consume alcohol , according to an official circular, after neighboring Dubai However, it did not specify whether Muslims are forbidden to buy alcohol or not.

Residents in the capital of the UAE were previously legally required to obtain a permit to drink, though this was seldom enforced.

Illustration. Les règles d’achat et de consommation de boissons alcoolisées à Abou Dhabi ont été assouplies. © LP / Philippe de Poulpiquet Illustration. Rules for buying and consuming alcoholic beverages in Abu Dhabi have been relaxed.

No more permit to buy or drink alcohol in Abu Dhabi: the emirate authorities have decided to relax the rules for the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

“We are announcing the cancellation of permits for [ purchase ] alcohol. Residents and tourists will have the right to buy it in authorized stores, ”said the circular dated September 15.

The text specifies that the buyer must be at least 21 years old and that the purchase must be for consumption and not for resale, without specifying whether or not Muslims are allowed to buy alcohol.

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The UAE's capital Abu Dhabi has removed the licensing system for alcohol buyers in the emirate. "Residents and tourists will be permitted to buy and possess alcohol from licensed retail shops and are allowed to drink within tourism and hotel establishments, clubs and independent outlets," said a

Consumption of alcohol at the workplace is a serious issue that has the potential to cause serious harm to other workers. If the employee is found under the influence of alcohol or drugs during working hours, the employer has the right to dismiss the worker without prior notice. Duty-free limits on arrival in Dubai.

The end of a legal vagueness

Consumption must be done in private residences and in authorized places, such as private clubs, according to the circular which entered into force on September 15.

This text puts an end to a legal vagueness: if the drinking establishments of the emirate of Abu Dhabi do not usually require a permit to sell alcohol, the sale remains technically subject to authorization.

In Dubai, businesses have an obligation to ask residents or tourists to present a permit before selling alcohol, but bars and restaurants do not require this document.

This year, the Emirate of Dubai relaxed the rules for purchasing alcohol, making it easier for residents to purchase alcohol.

Flexibility in Dubai

Thus, the obligation to obtain a certificate of no objection from the employer has been abolished in Dubai. Residents only need to fill out a form, present their identity card and pay 270 dirhams ($ 74) to obtain the permit which is reserved for non-Muslims.

Authorities in Dubai have also allowed tourists to obtain a temporary license to purchase alcohol from the emirate, showing their passports and visas to store managers.

The sale of alcohol is permitted in six of the seven emirates of this predominantly Muslim Gulf country. It is prohibited in the emirate of Sharjah.

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