Dubai Launches New Smart Alcohol Licence

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Dubai Launches New Smart Alcohol Licence

You can purchase and consume alcohol in Dubai, ONLY if you hold a liquor license. And in case you don’t have a license, now is the time to buy one! It is now super easy to get a liquor license in Dubai. All you need is your Emirates ID! Meanwhile, here’s what you need to know about Getting Your Driving Licence In The UAE.

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African and Eastern and MMI have launched a new smart application process to get a liquor licence in Dubai. Getting Your Liquor License In Dubai Just Got Cheaper! Previously, the process required an NOC letter, tenancy contract as well as a salary certificate showing earnings of over AED 3000 per month. However, the process was simplified last year and applicants only needed copies of Emirates ID, passport, visa and a passport photo.

The new smart process reduces paper usage and speeds up the application and renewal process. In fact, residents who currently own a red card licence must replace it with the new black smart licence by August 31. Starting September, red card licenses will not be valid for in-store or online purchases. Card replacement is priced at AED 25 and can be redeemed at the store. Besides, red card holders can also renew their cards early and the remaining months will then be automatically added to the new black card.

Rules For Applying For Smart Alcohol License

1. All residents over 21 years of age and non-muslims can apply for the license at all African and Eastern and MMI outlets.

2. In order to apply for a new smart license or to renew the existing one, residents can simply scan their Emirates ID at any MMI or African Eastern store.

3. The cost of the license will remain AED 270.

4. All residents holding a red license must convert it to a black license by 31 August

5. The remaining months left on the card will be added to the black card.

Dubai Launches New Alcohol Home Delivery Service

MMI and African + Eastern together started alcohol home deliveries in Dubai through a new website – The service is applicable to all Dubai residents who hold a valid liquor license. However, those under 21 years of age and muslims are not permitted to use the service. Orders can be placed directly on, with a range of 500 brands on offer. The site requires a minimum spend of AED 250, as well as a delivery charge of AED 50. Orders placed before 12pm (midday) will be delivered the next day. However, do note that Dubai Restaurants Will Serve Alcohol Only At Tables.

Residents can then purchase alcohol at MMI or African Eastern outlets or online through Original passport must be shown at the time of purchase. With Dubai now open, tourists can buy alcohol from any of the legal stores by just using their original passport. And with all the preventive measures in place, we are not surprised this Canadian Tourist Stuck In Dubai For 5 Months; Plans To Settle Here!