Mideast Hub Dubai Eases Liquor Rules for Ramadan this year

June 23, 2016

In Dubai, local authorities decided to make easier the rules regarding liquor during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The city-state is breaking new ground with its decision to loosen rules prohibiting daytime alcohol sales. Mainly, this move reflects how much Dubai’s rulers value the revenue both tourists and alcohol tax investing into this emirate.

There’re some changes this years’ Ramadan in Mideast, Dubai authorities have broken some rules regarding alcohol sale during Ramadan. Earlier, the Muslims wanting a beer or a glass of wine needed to wait until sundown, when Muslims break the daylong Ramadan fast with their first sips of water and iftar.

In 2016, prior to Ramadan, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing made an unbelievable decision — the authorities allowed the liquor sale during Ramadan, however, under the special rules. This year the hotel managers across the emirate got a benign notice regarding working regime of bars and nightclubs. In Dubai, they are almost entirely limited to operating inside of or connected to hotels — even drink receipts at the Dubai International Airport show up as coming from a hotel attached to the airport.

That May 31 notice of the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing informed hotels that during the Ramadan, alcohol sales would be governed by normal rules, as opposed to limiting their hours.