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Where to Buy Liquor in Dubai

For many expats the nectar of the gods is considered near essential to mark momentous occasions, be it celebrating Christmas, ringing in New Year’s Eve or a birthday bash. Many of us cook with it or enjoy a nightly drop with dinner after all, red wine is widely touted for its health benefits. As an expat new to Dubai however you will soon realise that reaching for a glass of your favourite tipple is not nearly as straight forward as you may have thought or hoped. Not only is whetting your palate likely more expensive in Dubai but you also require a license to purchase liquor. Add to this a liquor store in Dubai is a rather sneaky and illusive oasis that tries to hide from you. To help, we’ve put together a directory of where to buy liquor in Dubai.



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Located in the Barracuda Beach Resort
(Near Dreamland Waterpark)
Umm Al Qaiwain
T: +971 6 768 1555
8am – 11pm everyday

Dolphin Duty Free
Located in the Hilton RAK Beach Resort & Spa
Ras Al Khaimah
T: +971 7 228 8844
11am – 11pm everyday

Centaurus International

If you are a Muslim expatriate, drinking alcohol is strictly forbidden.  The legal drinking age in the UAE is 21 years.  To purchase & consume alcohol in the UAE you must obtain a liquor license.  There is zero tolerance laws for expatriates drink driving in the UAE.  The sale, consumption or possession of alcohol is fully prohibited in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Drink responsibly.

8 Responses to “Where to Buy Liquor in Dubai”

  1. A lot of people forget you need a license both to buy but also for drinking it inside bars and restaurants.

  2. Susan says:

    I’m pretty sure that MMI is the ones open on Fridays 3-9 and that African Eastern is closed on Friday!!

  3. Steve says:

    I was told you can purchase alcohol without a license in the Free Zone is this correct, anyone

    • Louise says:

      This is not correct.

      On arrival in Dubai it is possible to buy some alcohol duty-free. However, allowances are limited to four litres of alcohol (for example, two litres of spirits and two litres of wine).

      The only other way to buy alcohol for personal consumption at home is with a liquor licence. Once in possession of a licence go in person to an outlet such as MMI or African & Eastern

      A liquor licence allows a person to purchase and transport alcohol within Dubai. It does not cover purchase and transport in, from, or through any other Emirate. This is especially important to note in the Emirate of Sharjah, where liquor laws are more strict than in Dubai.

      Non-Muslim visitors are permitted to drink under the alcohol licence of the hotel they are staying at and do not require a personal liquor licence. However, obtain confirmation from the hotel or Dubai Police.

  4. John says:

    Wife and I arriving in Dubai Wednesday. Staying at an apartment 8 days – will purchase wine at incoming duty free but what is quickest way to get licence for additional purchase

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