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If you are a resident in Dubai and intend to drink, transport or consume alcohol at home, then it is a legal requirement that you have a Liquor Licence, for example:

  • If you want to purchase alcohol from any MMI Stores
  • If you want to drink or store alcohol at your home
  • If you intend to drink in bars and clubs in Dubai
  • If you intend to purchase from Duty Free

There are many rewards and benefits that can be unlocked when you get your new or renewed Liquor Licence, for example:

  • A voucher book worth over AED 1,500
  • You can shop 7 days a week at any of our 17 conveniently located stores across Dubai
  • Monthly value deals and special offers across all MMI stores
  • Having a friend has never been so rewarding, refer your friend to get a new Liquor Licence and you will receive an AED 100 voucher to spend in store
  • The more you spend, the more you save. MMI’s loyalty program brings even greater value every time you shop with us

To qualify for a Liquor Licence in Dubai you must meet the following requirements:

  • Non-Muslim
  • Over 21 years old
  • Have a valid Dubai residents visa*

*If you are living in Dubai but have a residents visa from another Emirate you will need to obtain an NOC from that specific Emirate. See below on how to obtain an NOC from specific Emirates:

1. Abu Dhabi Residence Visa’s

You will need to go online (link below) and sign up to obtain an NOC from the Abu Dhabi Special Licence Office. To obtain the NOC and uses this service is completely free (dated as of 24.04.19).

https://www.auhsl.ae/consumers/pages/Disclaimer.aspx

2. Sharjah Residence Visa’s

You will need to go in person to the Sharjah Police Head Quarters Licencing Department to obtain your NOC for your Liquor Licence Application. To obtain the NOC and uses this service is completely free (dated as of 24.04.19)

3. Ras Al Khamiah Residence Visa’s

You will need to go in person to the Ras Al Khamiah Police Head Quarters to obtain your NOC for your Liquor Licence application. However, there is a price attached to obtaining the NOC from the Police in Ras Al Khamiah which is AED 1,500 (dated as of 24.04.19). Please visit website below for more information:

https://www.rak.ae/wps/portal/rak/government-entities/rak-police/RAK+Police

4. Fujairah Residence Visa’s

You will need to go in person to the Fujairah Municipality to obtain your NOC for your Liquor Licence application. However, there is a price attached to obtaining the NOC from the Fujairah Municipality which is AED 2,000 (dated as of 24.04.19). Please visit website below for more information:

https://www.fujairahfreezone.com/our-services/noc--certificates/

Please contact MMI directly if you do not meet these requirements or if you have any questions regarding your application. (click here)

If you are applying for a new Liquor Licence you must submit the following documentation to support your online or in-store application:

  1. Copy of your Emirates ID
  2. Copy of your Passport
  3. Copy of your Dubai Residents Visa
  4. One Passport Photo
  5. Licence fee of AED 270

If you have completed the form online, you will receive an email from our team to confirm your application has been received. Once it has been approved by CID the MMI Store of your choice will call you to collect your Liquor Licence at your convenience.

If you have completed the form in-store you will receive a phone call or SMS once your Liquor Licence has been approved by CID and is ready to be collected at the MMI Store you applied at, at your convenience.

Before your Liquor Licence expires we will send you a reminder so don’t miss out renewing your Liquor Licence. You will need to complete a Liquor Licence renewal form online or in-store with the following documents:

  1. Copy of your Emirates ID
  2. Copy of your Passport
  3. Copy of your Dubai Residents Visa
  4. One Passport Photo
  5. Licence fee of AED 270

If you have completed the form online, you will receive an email from our team to confirm your application has been received. Once it has been approved by CID the MMI Store of your choice will call you to collect your Liquor Licence at your convenience.

If you have completed the form in-store you will receive a phone call or SMS once your Liquor Licence has been approved by CID and is ready to be collected at the MMI Store you applied at, at your convenience.

The Liquor Licence renewal process only begins when your current Licence expires. However, you can submit your documents to us ahead of time and we will lodge your Liquor Licence renewal application form when your Licence expires. In the meantime, we will issue you with a temporary Licence so you can keep shopping until you receive your renewed Licence.

Once you’ve submitted your application form with all the required documentation, processing normally takes approximately 2 weeks. There is a licence fee of AED 270. We will contact you to arrange the convenient collection of your licence.

Yes, every individual that wants to consume, transport or store alcohol at their home needs to have a personal Liquor Licence.

If you have any questions or issues during your application process then please feel free to email or contact a member or our team on the details below:

For more information please contact our Liquor Licence team on 04 304 0331/0332 or e-mail lipsadmin@mmi.ae

Visit any MMI Stores, fill out the form for Replacement and attach a copy of your passport/visa.

You can collect a Liquor Licence application form from anyone of our 17 conveniently located stores in and around Dubai or you can just apply online.

Once you have completed the physical Liquor Licence form you can submit it in anyone of our 17 conveniently located stores in and around Dubai just check out the stores tab to find out where the closest MMI Store is to you.

If you have completed the online application form you will receive an email confirmation once all your documents have approved by our Liquor Licence Team before it sent to CID for final approval.

A new or renewal Liquor Licence should be processed in approximately 14 working days depending on CID approval.

New Licence Applications - when you have applied for a new Liquor Licence you will have to wait for your physical Liquor Licence before you purchase any liquor.

Renewal Licence Applications - when you have renewed your Liquor Licence in-store or online you can purchase liquor however, you must show your physical or email receipt upon purchase.

If you are living in Dubai but have a residents visa from another Emirate you will need to obtain an NOC from that specific Emirate. See below on how to obtain an NOC from specific Emirates:

1. Abu Dhabi Residence Visa’s

You will need to go online (link below) and sign up to obtain an NOC from the Abu Dhabi Special Licence Office. To obtain the NOC and uses this service is completely free (dated as of 24.04.19) https://www.auhsl.ae/consumers/pages/Disclaimer.aspx

2. Sharjah Residence Visa’s

You will need to go in person to the Sharjah Police Head Quarters Licencing Department to obtain your NOC for your Liquor Licence Application. To obtain the NOC and uses this service is completely free (dated as of 24.04.19)

3. Ras Al Khamiah Residence Visa’s

You will need to go in person to the Ras Al Khamiah Police Head Quarters to obtain your NOC for your Liquor Licence application. However, there is a price attached to obtaining the NOC from the Police in Ras Al Khamiah which is AED 1,500 (dated as of 24.04.19). Please visit website below for more information:

https://www.rak.ae/wps/portal/rak/government-entities/rak-police/RAK+Police

4. Fujairah Residence Visa’s

You will need to go in person to the Fujairah Municipality to obtain your NOC for your Liquor Licence application. However, there is a price attached to obtaining the NOC from the Fujairah Municipality which is AED 2,000 (dated as of 24.04.19). Please visit website below for more information:

https://www.fujairahfreezone.com/our-services/noc--certificates/

Please contact MMI directly if you do not meet these requirements or if you have any questions regarding your application. (click here)

No you don’t need an NOC from your company to apply for a new or renew Liquor Licence.

There is no minimum salary required to apply for new or renewal a Liquor Licence.

Yes, you can if you have a filled out application form and the correct documents as per the specifications above.

If your Liquor Licence Application gets rejected under the following circumstance below, MMI will be unable to refund you:

  • If a CID Dubai Police rejects your application due to a police record and no option for re-consideration.
  • If your application has been “temporarily” rejected by CID Dubai Police but can be resolved by rectifying the religion*, submitting court clearance etc.
  • If the applicant decides not to proceed after submitting to the CID Dubai police due to the above reasons.
  • But if the application is still in the store and he/she decides not to proceed, a refund should apply.

*Temporary rejection due to No Religion/Muslim in police/immigration you need to visit any Immigration offices in Dubai to rectify the religion.

A valid liquor licence allows the holder to purchase alcohol, transport and consumer alcohol at home within the issuing emirate.

As per Dubai Laws home delivery of alcohol is illegal

Dubai does have social responsibility laws surrounding alcohol which are the following:

  • Must be 21 years old or over to consume alcohol in Dubai
  • Must be a non-Muslim
  • Zero tolerance for Drinking and Driving
  • No consumption of alcohol in public areas
  • Not to be intoxicated in public areas
  • All alcohol must be concealed when transporting in and around Dubai

Yes, there is a limit which is set by the applicant.

For large weddings a special permit can be requested by contacting one of our 17 conveniently located store or our Liquor Licence Team

If you have any questions or issues during your application process, then please feel free to email or contact a member or our team on the details below:

For more information please contact our Liquor Licence team on 04 304 0331/0332 or e-mail lipsadmin@mmi.ae