No alcohol will be served from 6.30pm on Friday, August 9 to 7.30pm on Saturday, August 10…
Heads up, Dubai authorities have confirmed there’s going to be a dry night in Dubai this weekend.
A circular issued to hotels and restaurants across the city by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) advised that licensed venues must refrain from serving alcohol as of 6.30pm on Friday, August 9 to 7.30pm on Saturday, August 10.
The dry night falls the day before Arafat Day, which will be the first of four public holiday dates in celebration of Eid Al Adha. For public and private sector workers, the holiday will begin on Saturday, August 10, and employees will be off until Tuesday, August 13. Work will then resume on Wednesday August 14.
What is dry night?
Here’s an explainer: during dry night, no alcohol is served across Dubai and the UAE for 25 hours. This applies to all outlets including hotels, which means you won’t be served alcoholic drinks at all after 6.30pm on Friday August 9 until 7.30pm on Saturday August 10.
No alcohol will be displayed in bars of restaurants either and some outlets remain closed for the entire period.
In Abu Dhabi, the government announced in June 2018 that licensed outlets are permitted to continue selling alcohol on all religious occasions.