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Can you drink on holiday in Dubai

Dubai is becoming a popular destination for a lot of people these days. The weather and the beautiful landscapes are proving to be exactly what people want to see on their holidays. An extremely popular activity, wherever you are in the world, is to relax in a bar near the beach, listening to the sea as you enjoy a drink with your loved ones. It creates an idyllic image in your head as the perfect way to relax and unwind while on holiday.

Drinking in the UAE

Some people think that because Dubai is a Muslim country, then there would be very strict laws on drinking and alcohol consumption. While it is possible to drink on holiday in Dubai, there are some rules and restrictions that holiday goers should be aware of.

Enjoying drinks on a sunny Dubai beach

Legal Drinking Ages

The legal age for drinking alcohol differs in the different regions of UAE. In Abu Dhabi, the legal age is 18, and you can drink on holiday in Dubai when you are 21. It is also 21 for the Northern Emirates, except for Sharjah where drinking alcohol is illegal. Alcoholic drinks are only served in hotels and clubs that have a valid license, however a Ministry of Tourism by-law states that hotels must only serve alcohol to people over 21 years old. It is also a punishable offence to drink and even being under the influence of alcohol in public.

So, the answer to “can you drink on holiday in Dubai?” is a yes. However, it is important to be aware of the country’s laws and to be respectful of them while you are visiting on your holiday. The most important thing is to relax and have fun, so make sure that happens.