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Old 12th Aug 2018, 11:42
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Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sussex UK
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Strictly speaking you should have a Liquor Licence in order to consume (not just buy) booze anywhere in the UAE, including on board EK or EY.
But you can only get one a) if you are resident for visa purposes and b) fulfil certain other conditions...…including a supporting letter from your employer.

As usual in that part of the world, the rule is rarely applied and only if you somehow cause other trouble to draw the attention of the authorities. Then your non-observance will be added to the charge sheet.

Now in Dubai you will not be able to buy booze other than at duty frees or at hotel restaurants/bars/room service. Off licences will demand a valid liquor permit.
Down the road in AUH however there are many more off-sales outlets and they are not interested in a permit..

There are of course other off-sale options in Umm al Qwain.
As usual there's nothing United about the UAE.
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