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Dubai Lifts its High Alcohol Tax for this Year

Dubai has temporarily removed its 30% tax on alcohol and it is handing out free alcohol licences to residents for the first time.

The alcohol tax has been lifted immediately for a trial period of this coming year.

Its removal is noted as an effort by the emirate to encourage more foreign tourists despite growing competition from neighbouring states such as Qatar.

Alcohol is completely banned in Saudi Arabia while in Dubai’s other neighbours, including Qatar it is heavily taxed.

While alcohol is widely available in Dubai, it is expensive, with a beer costing at least €15 and a glass of wine €20 in bars, hotels and restaurants.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.
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