Dubai Axes 30 Percent Tax on Alcohol Sales

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Dubai January 2, 2023:

From January 1, 2023 Dubai has suspended a tax of 30 percent on alcoholic beverages as well as dropped the personal liquor licence fee that was previously mandated to buy alcohol in the commercial and tourism hub.

However, a valid Emirates ID, or Passport for tourists, will still be required to apply for the license. Added to that a person must be at least 21 to drink legally in the UAE, and alcohol can only be consumed privately or in licensed public places.

The move of slashing the tax is expected to further boost the appeal of Dubai to tourists and expats towards its more liberal lifestyle, compared to other Gulf states.

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