Dubai abolishes its 30% tax on alcohol and makes its license to buy it free

Dubai abolishes its 30% tax on alcohol and makes its license to buy it free

The abolition of this tax, announced on social networks by Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI) and African and Eastern but not confirmed by the authorities, will make it possible to reduce prices among the highest in the world, the pint of beer (half -litre) costing an average of fifteen euros.

MMI and African and Eastern have also indicated that the license to be able to buy alcohol, in force for non-Muslims over the age of 21 and who are required to obtain their supplies from the few approved shops in Dubai, is now free. “Buying your favorite drinks just got easier and cheaper! “welcomed MMI in a publication on Facebook. According to local media, the decision took effect on January 1.

No alcohol in public

A financial, commercial and tourist centre, Dubai is also the best known of the seven members of the federation of the United Arab Emirates, a Muslim country that is one of the largest oil exporters in the world and which has gradually relaxed the rules for the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Unlike neighboring Saudi Arabia, most of the UAE is home to licensed liquor outlets, including hotels, restaurants, bars, and dedicated stores. However, alcoholic beverages cannot be consumed in public.