Gyms, Cinemas And Public Beaches In Dubai To Reopen On 26 May

Gyms, cinemas and public beaches in Dubai are expected to reopen on Tuesday, 26 May. Reports from the Arabian Business suggest that over 70% of activities in Dubai are expected to reopen on Tuesday.

Furthermore, licensed restaurants in Dubai are permitted to serve alcohol from 23 May. Restaurants within and outside licensed hotels can serve drinks to customers. However, bars will continue to remain shut. In addition, restaurants serving alcohol must adhere to strict social distancing rules.

Drinks can be served to customers only on tables and not within the bar. Further, restaurants must use single-use glasses for serving drinks. Serving alcohol directly in bottles is strictly prohibited. And there’s more! Just in time for the long weekend, MMI and African Eastern announced that it will be delivering alcohol straight to your home. You can now order before 12pm and they will deliver the next day!

What Else?

Its now easy to get a liquor license in UAE. Last year, the UAE relaxed liquor rules. Previously, one could buy only a fixed amount of alcohol depending on the salary certificate produced. And obtaining a license was also a tedious process requiring you to submit an NOC from your employer, boss, father or husband, along with a salary certificate that shows an earning of more than AED 3000.

The rules have been simplified and now you need just four documents to get a liquor license. Firstly, submit a copy of your Emirates ID, passport, visa, and a passport size photograph. This is followed by an online payment of AED 270. Once the processing is done, you can collect the license from a nearby MMI or African and Eastern store. In order to apply for the license, you must be over 21 years of age and a non-muslim.

Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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