Great news for Dubai expats…

The process for residents who are looking to purchase a liquor license in Dubai has been significantly relaxed, making it much easier to obtain the license.

Previously the requirements for obtaining a license included an NOC letter from your employer, father or husband, tenancy contract and salary certificate showing earnings of over Dhs3000 per month. However now all you need to submit your application is your Emirates ID copy, passport copy, visa copy and passport photo.

Both MMI and African and Eastern have made the process easier to help more people stay on the right side of the law, and ensure expats know the rules concerning alcohol in the UAE. It is a legal requirement for anyone who wishes to drink, transport or store alcohol at home in Dubai to have a liquor license.

UAE law also states that residents must have a liquor license in order to purchase and consume alcohol in Dubai.


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Once you have the four necessary documents, you can also complete the application and payment of Dhs270 online on the MMI or African + Eastern official site. You must be over 21 years of age and a non-muslim. If your application is approved, you can collect the license from your chosen MMI or African and Eastern store and will even be granted vouchers to spend in return.

The vouchers available can earn you up to Dhs1,500 in discounts from liquor retailers as well as food and beverage outlets. Not only that, but for every friend you refer, you’ll get a Dhs100 voucher to spend in-store too.

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