Dubai has always been a liberal city when it comes to specific non-religious ideas like the use of Alcohol. This was only due to its enlarged focus on tourism. But with the new year here, Dubai has surprised us all with a new development regarding alcohol use. The city will no longer levy fees on liquor licenses, which scraps 30% of the tax on alcohol. Let’s find out the motive behind these updated regulations.
Dubai Makes Alcohol License Free
So if you were planning to invest in a restaurant or bar, then this is the best time. The pulldown of taxes has brought unendless opportunities for people thinking to invest or open alcohol-based spots in Dubai. Needless to say its a great news for people who purchase alcohol for personal or commercial use. The announcement came into action on 1st January 2023 by the Dubai administration.
The new rules didn’t prove so beneficial for the government as it cuts off a dependable source of income for the emirate’s ruling family. The only aim behind this development is to increase tourism there. The New Year’s Day announcement by Dubai’s two state-affiliated liquor stores appears to have been a result of a directive from the Al Maktoum family, the country’s ruling elite.
Now No Need Of Driving To Far Away Emirates To Purchase Tax-Free Liquor
People from Dubai have travelled long distances to purchase liquor just to avoid the hefty taxes. Apparently, Umm al-Quwain and other emirates were the closest to achieving tax-free alcohol in UAE.
According to the Islam religion, Muslims are barred from consuming alcohol. But Dubai is comparatively an accepting country and hence allows this consumption in the city. But there is a legal age to drink that is imposed in this city. In addition to that, a plastic card has to be carried for legal purchases.
The enormous setup of bars, nightclubs, and lounges in Dubai hardly ever ask for identification. But not having a plastic card during such conditions might put you at risk of penalties and arrest.
Even though the license can be acquired for free, the plastic card is essential to carry during the purchase.
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