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August 08, 2011|
Source: Expat Echo - Alcohol and Licensing in Dubai
Know your rights: 5 criminal laws every Dubai expat should know.
With the aim to provide updated legal advice in a clear and readable way for expats living in Dubai and the Middle East, here we set out your rights when it comes to alcohol and licensing. It is important to note that the penalties for breaching any of the following licensing laws is a jail term and can be combined with deportation in some cases.
With the recent changes made by the issuance of Federal Decree Law No. (15) of 2020 (issued on 27 September 2020) amending certain Provisions of the Federal Law No. (3) of 1987 (UAE Penal Code ), the consumption of alcohol has been legalized in the UAE, subject to the restrictions imposed by each emirate.
For the emirate of Dubai, the following rules apply:
It is also critical to understand that the new changes in the right context, especially, that each emirate has its own rules, and if there is a local law of a given emirate that prohibits the consumption of alcohol then, the said local laws would apply instead of the Federal laws in such instances. For instance, the emirate of Sharjah, has local laws in place that have been in effect for decades which specifically criminalizes the consumption of alcohol in the said emirate and have not been revoked yet.
Reference : Federal Decree Law No. (15) of 2020 amending certain Provisions of the Federal Law No. (3) of 1987 (UAE Penal Code).
Issuance Date : 27 September 2020
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