Its Now Easy To Own A Liquor License In Dubai

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
by Vaishnavi Venkataraman 1812

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Owning a liquor licence in Dubai just got easier. Now, you only need four documents along with a sum of AED 270 to buy, store and transport alcohol legally in the UAE.

What’s It?

If you’ve lived in the UAE, you will know what it’s like to get a liquor license. Earlier, getting a liquor license would require you to submit a NOC from your employer, boss, father or husband, along with a salary certificate that shows an earning of more than AED 3000. However, it’s not the case now!

The rules have been simplified and now all you need is a copy of your Emirates ID, passport, visa, and a passport size photograph. The new rule applies to both MMI and African and Eastern and all those who wish to store or transport alcohol must have a valid license. 

Once you have all the documents, the processing can be completed on online by paying AED 270. Upon approval, 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. 

Previously, one could buy only a fixed amount of alcohol depending on the salary certificate produced, but the rules have now been made flexible. 


  • Research, science labs and of course nerdy glasses – that’s what my life was all about until I finally woke up to realise how much I loved food, travel and telling tales. A chai addict, a moody writer and mother to a smallie, my journey as a writer began with The Times of India. And now, here I am in Dubai pursuing my passion and exploring a new city, all in one go!