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Abu Dhabi relaxes rules for the sale and consumption of alcohol

The authorities of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi have decided to relax the rules for buying and drinking alcoholic beverages in the capital of the same name in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This can be read from a circular dating from 15 September.

From now on, residents and tourists can buy alcoholic drinks from authorized shops without presenting a permit. Buyers must be at least 21 years old, and the alcohol may only be consumed in private homes and authorized places such as private clubs.

Dubai has also relaxed the rules on selling alcohol this year. A certificate with the approval of the employer is thus no longer necessary. Tourists can now also obtain a temporary liquor license by presenting their passport and visa.

The sale of alcohol is allowed in six of the seven emirates. Only in the emirate of Sharjah, in the north of the UAE, it is still prohibited.

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