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Alcohol Licence application is now easier than ever!
Just fill up an easy Alcohol Licence application form online or visit one of our 17 stores. You will need copies of the following documents to support your application.
  • Passport copy
  • Visa copy
  • A passport photograph
  • Tenancy contract copy (optional)
Your licence comes with a flexible monthly limit and which means that you can set your own limit.
If you are a Tourist visiting Dubai, now you can also buy from any of your nearest African + Eastern store. Just visit our store with your original passport & our staff would help through the process. 
Apart from the fact that by law you require an Alcohol Licence to have a drink, transport or store alcohol in your home – there are many additional benefits to having one! For example:
  • You will receive vouchers worth AED 1,500 to spend at bars and restaurants around Dubai.
  • You can shop online or at any one of our 17 conveniently located stores across the city 7 days a week.
  • You will be able to access great value and the best offers when you shop with African + Eastern.
  • Perhaps most importantly you will have peace of mind - with an Alcohol Licence in Dubai, you stay safe and stay legal.
African + Eastern makes applying for an Alcohol Licence efficient and EASY. Apply and submit all your paperwork online, we’ll take care of the rest and call you when your licence is ready to be collected.
With a history spanning over 100 years we work closely with authorities on your behalf to facilitate your application.
African + Eastern is the largest alcohol retailer in the Middle East with a network of 26 stores in the UAE, 5 in Oman and a team of 400 professional staff. With an extensive portfolio of beer, wine and spirits, you will always find what you’re looking for when you shop online or at one of our conveniently located stores.

No. You will not need to renew your licence. But we will need to revalidate your licence with Dubai Police. So we will need to grab your, original licence, new visa & emirates ID copies.

African + Eastern is the largest alcohol retailer in the Middle East with a network of 26 stores in the UAE, 5 in Oman and a team of over 400 professional staff. With an extensive portfolio of beer, wine and spirits, you will always find what you’re looking for when you shop online or at one of our conveniently located stores. Our Mission is to create long, enduring relationships with beer, wine and spirit customers through First-Class Service, the Biggest Range & Great Value.

Welcome to Dubai! You need an Alcohol Licence to legally buy alcohol from licenced stores, have a drink or keep alcohol in your home.
Just fill up an easy Alcohol Licence application form online or visit one of our 17 stores. You will need copies of the following documents to support your application.

  • Passport copy
  • Visa copy
  • A passport photograph
  • Tenancy contract copy (optional)

Your licence comes with a flexible monthly limit and which means that you set your own limit. An Alcohol Licence is valid for one year and needs to be renewed annually.
Once your application has been submitted with all the necessary documentation & fee of AED 270, it will take up to 2 - 3 weeks to process and we will call you when your new Alcohol Licence is ready to be collected.

When you apply for your Alcohol Licence, you receive loads of rewards worth AED 1,500 including 25% discount vouchers on your next in-store purchase as well as dinner and drinks vouchers at some of Dubai’s best restaurants and bars. You even get rewarded when you refer a friend. Have a look at some of these:
  1. 25% off on your next purchase or your choice of AED 270 worth of free products at any of our Dubai stores
  2. 25% off on your next purchase at The Cellars Fujairah store
  3. 25% off on your next purchase at The Cellars Ras Al Khaimah store
  4. AED 100 Introduce a Friend Voucher
  5. 2 for the price of 1 on a bottle of House Wine at Irish Village, Garhoud
  6. AED 150 off your total bill at Warehouse, Le Méridien Dubai
  7. 15% off your total bill at McGettigan’s DWTC
  8. A complimentary bottle of house red or white wine with every two main courses purchased at Maison Mathis
  9. AED 150 off your total bill at Cargo, Pier 7
  10. 2 FOR 1 on Buena Onda Friday Brunch at Goucho Dubai, DIFC
  11. Free Pint of Budweiser on purchase of a grilled platter at Sama Lounge
  12. Free main course of lesser value with any main course at Oregano
  13. Free bottle of house wine at Malecon, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
  14. Karaoke Pod hire for 6 people at Lucky Voice, Dubai
  15. Free bottle of house wine at Capana Nuova, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
  16. 2 FOR 1 on a bottle of House Wine at Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort
  17. 2 FOR 1 on house beverages at Bahri Bar, Jumeirah Mina A'Salam
  18. Free bottle of Antares Wine with Purchase of 2 Main Courses at Speakeasy, Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach

The Tenancy Contract is now optional. If the tenancy contract is not under your name, you can still apply for an alcohol licence with your Passport, Visa & Emirates ID copies
 

Yes you can apply for a Dubai Alcohol Livence even if you Visa reads ‘’student” provided you are above 21yrs of age and non-Muslim.
 

Yes, you can apply for an Alcohol Licence with your Passport, Visa & Emirates ID copies

Yes, you can now buy from any of your nearest African + Eastern store in Dubai. Just visit our store with your original passport & our staff would help though the process.
 

No, the NOC from employer is no longer required to apply for an Alcohol Licence. You will also need copies of the following documents to support your application.

  • Passport copy
  • Visa copy
  • A passport photograph
  • Tenancy contract copy (optional)

 

No, the NOC from employer or Free Zone Authority is no longer required to apply for an Alcohol Licence. You will also need copies of the following documents to support your application.

  • Passport copy
  • Visa copy
  • A passport photograph
  • Tenancy contract copy (optional)

Religion, bounced cheques/cheque fraud and police/court cases are some of the main reasons the CID may reject your application. If you have been in a situation that involved the Dubai Police or Dubai Courts, a clearance letter is required to stipulate that the case is closed. You will then have to visit Dubai CID personally to get approval on your Alcohol Licence application.

Once you’ve submitted your application form with all the required documentation, it can take up to 3  weeks until you receive your Alcohol Licence. The reason it takes this long is because our Licencing Department processes your application on your behalf, which then has to be sent to Dubai Police for verification and approval.

As partners, both a husband and wife should have their own licences. You will only be allowed to buy alcohol in-store if the Alcohol Licence is in your name.

It’s just a little reminder so you have time to prepare the documents required for renewal. You also need to complete an Alcohol Licence Renewal form that you can get from one of our stores, or fill in online.
The licence renewal process only begins when your current licence expires.
You can even submit your documents to us ahead of time and we will submit your Alcohol Licence Renewal application only when your licence expires.
In the meantime, you can still keep shopping until your renewed licence arrives!
 

Draft a letter to the CID stating that you have lost your licence. You will also need to apply for a replacement Alcohol Licence.
When the letter and application have been submitted, your lost card will be blocked and a replacement licence will be processed.

An Alcohol Licence is technically valid for 11 months from the date of issue. We issue a temporary licence during the renewal period that takes up to 2 weeks so in actual fact you have use of your Alcohol Licence privileges for a 12-month period.