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US News Abu Dhabi relaxes its rules for the purchase and consumption of alcohol

13:20  22 september  2020
13:20  22 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Abu Dhabi residents will no longer need a. licence to buy and drink alcohol . . "We would like to announce the cancellation of alcohol licences for individuals, where residents and tourists will be permitted to “ The purchase is for personal consumption only and not for resale to others or storage.

Abu Dhabi , the conservative capital of the United Arab Emirates, is eliminating its licensing system for alcohol purchases for drinkers. Eliminating the licenses also would decriminalize alcohol possession, although the Emirates maintains a strict no-tolerance policy on drunk driving and public

La consommation doit se faire dans les résidences privées et dans les endroits autorisés, comme les clubs privés, selon la circulaire qui est entrée en vigueur le 15 septembre (photo d’illustration). © Béatrice LE GRAND / Ouest-France Consumption must take place in private residences and in authorized places, such as private clubs, according to the circular which came into force on September 15 (photo illustration).

The authorities in the capital of the United Arab Emirates have decided to relax the rules for the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The sale of alcohol is now permitted in six of the seven emirates of the predominantly Muslim Gulf country.

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 drinks in the capital of the United Arab Emirates .

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Abu Dhabi , the conservative capital of the United Arab Emirates, is eliminating its licensing system for alcohol purchases for drinkers. Eliminating the licenses also would decriminalize alcohol possession, although the Emirates maintains a strict no-tolerance policy on drunk driving and public

New rule states that consumers must be 21 years of age, and the purchase should be for personal consumption - ZAWYA UAE Edition. Previously, buyers required a license to purchase , transport or consume alcohol at home. According to the new rules on the circular “consumers must be 21 years

“We are announcing the cancellation of permits for the (purchase) of alcohol. Residents and tourists will have the right to buy them in authorized stores ", indicates the circular dated September 15 and which was consulted Tuesday September 22 by the AFP.

End legal vagueness

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.

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

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

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Possession and consumption of alcohol is illegal in the emirate of Sharjah. How can I get one? Tourists can also get an alcohol licence in Dubai free of cost. To apply for the licence, visit any MMI Please ensure that you read this to ensure you are respectful of the country, its rules and its people

While Abu Dhabi is less renowned for its nightlife than its freewheeling neighbouring emirate Dubai, most hotels and some other locations have bars that serve alcohol without asking for licenses or enquiring about a person’s religion. Tax on alcohol is a significant source of revenue for the UAE

And in Dubai?

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

This year, the Emirate of Dubai relaxed the rules for buying alcohol, making it easier for residents to buy alcohol. 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 liquor license issued by the emirate, by 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 banned in the emirate of Sharjah.

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