Can You Drink Alcohol in Dubai?

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Can you drink alcohol in Dubai? The answer to that question could convince you to book your Dubai holiday, or not. Yes, you can drink alcohol in Dubai but it’s not as easy to buy alcohol in Dubai as it is in most Western or Asian countries. Information on adult beverages and a few tours and dining events which include refreshment.

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Can you drink alcohol in Dubai? Yes. I bought this beer in Dubai UAE. Find out how and where!

Your corner shop most likely won’t sell alcohol as the sale of alcoholic drinks is regulated. Only licensed establishments can sell alcoholic drinks in Dubai.

It is very likely that your hotel, or restaurant, will be licensed to sell alcohol, be that beer, wine, or spirits. Glitzy hotels and celebrity guests are well-known in Dubai. Most of those guests will be looking for a glass of wine or a rooftop cocktail!

Some of Dubai’s hotels have bars so lavish that they make the grade for Condé Nast’s best bars in Dubai list. The Mercury Lounge at The Four Seasons Jumeirah is one such bar.

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I was able to purchase an adult beverage on our desert camel safari excursion. I only bought one as it was very expensive, I think $10. That was the only alcoholic drink of that entire trip to Dubai.

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Another option if you enjoy a beverage, is to book a dinner cruise with alcoholic drinks available. Check the fine print, not all dinner cruises serve alcohol.

Book a Dubai Dinner Cruise and Drinks

You’ve no doubt heard of The Palm Dubai, but did you know it has an observation deck to enjoy stunning sunset views, with optional beverages?

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Dinner options where alcohol is served also exist. Try the Burj Khalifa sunset “bubbly” experience below, meals are also served here on or near the highest lounge in the world.

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There are also a good number of clubs and bars in Dubai for those who really like to party.

The legal drinking age in Dubai is reportedly 21 (double check that here) but not just anyone can buy a drink in Dubai.

You will likely need to show your passport if you’d like to visit a bottle shop or offlicense.

The UAE, being an Islamic country, does have some fairly strict regulations around the consumption of alcohol, however, for tourists, you should be able to find, and enjoy, your favourite tipple with dinner or in an adult environment.

Similar restrictions around the consumption of alcohol can be seen in Egypt, and Malaysia, but in these countries, as in Dubai, finding an alcoholic beverage is possible if you know how! Want to check out some of the best gyms in Dubai?

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

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