Big news for Abu Dhabi residents and tourists as it’s been announced they no longer need an alcohol license to buy or drink in the city.
The news was released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
The news means Abu Dhabi residents and tourists will no longer need an alcohol license. Instead, residents and tourists can purchase alcohol from licensed retail shops as long as they are over 21 and consume their drinks in private homes or licensed venues.
Residents and tourists can also drink within licensed hotels, sports clubs and independent outlets as long as they follow the stated requirements.
The move was made “with an overall objective to develop and improve quality standards of the tourism industry in Abu Dhabi.”
New smart card in Dubai
The Dubai government has stepped in to make getting an alcohol license much easier with a new smart card.
The new smart black license comes into action from August 31 and replaces the previous red card system.
The new black card dramatically reduces the amount of paperwork required. Where previously, you’d need passport copies, NOCs, tenancy agreements and salary certificates, now you only need your Emirates ID to get a license from MMI or A+E.
MMI’s managing director Mike Glen said: “Getting a licence has now become so much easier. By transitioning to the new system, the amount of paperwork involved has been dramatically reduced.”
The license costs AED270 as before with new cards AED25 which can be used as credit in-store. And you’ll need a license to drink, purchase or transport alcohol in Dubai.