The process to get an Alcohol Licence in Dubai has just become even easier. Now all you need is your Emirates ID!

You can simply pop into any of the 17 conveniently located MMI stores across Dubai and apply straight away!

WHY DO YOU NEED AN ALCOHOL LICENCE?

Did you know, it’s a legal requirement for any Dubai Resident who wishes to drink, transport or store alcohol at home to hold a valid personal Alcohol Licence. Even if you’re hosting a dinner party in your home or enjoying a drink in a restaurant, you need to have a licence!

Don’t take the risk.

Emirates ID

Head to any of our 17 conveniently located stores across Dubai

Your new licence will be ready within 4 weeks

SUMMARY OF THE NEW APPLICATION PROCESS

All you need is

Your Emirates ID

*Please note if you are on your Spouse’s Visa you will need an NOC from your Spouse

Other requirements

You also need to be a Non-Muslim and over 21 years of age

Approval Criteria

MONTHLY LICENCE LIMITS

You can select your own licence limit, making it more flexible. Limits are subject to final approval by CID.

TOURISTS CAN SHOP AT MMI

If you are a Tourist simply take your original passport to any of MMI’s 17 conveniently located stores across Dubai to register your details and you will receive a membership number and can start shopping straight away!

Tourists can shop at MMI stores or online through LegalHomeDelivery.com

There is no fee for Tourists to get a temporary liquor membership.

COST & YOUR REWARDS

The cost of an Alcohol Licence is AED 270 per year and you will receive over AED 1,500 worth of rewards which includes:

FAQs

  • Why has the application process changed?

      In line with Dubai’s vision to be a smart city that drives efficiency and is paper-free by 2021, a new alcohol licence process has been implemented that is much simpler, faster and paper-free!

      The process is very simple as all you need is your valid Emirates ID to apply, and you will receive your new alcohol licence within  4 weeks.

  • Do I need an Alcohol Licence?

      Any Dubai Resident who wishes to drink, transport or store alcohol at home needs to hold a valid personal alcohol licence.

  • How do I apply for a new or renew my Alcohol Licence?

      All you need is your valid Emirates ID and you can apply for your alcohol licence at any of MMI’s 17 conveniently located stores across Dubai.

       

      Please note that if you are under your spouse’s visa you will still require an NOC from your spouse.

  • Do I need to complete a form or take any other documents?

      You only need your valid Emirates ID. Please note that if you are under your spouse’s visa we recommend that you also submit an NOC from your spouse.

  • Can I apply for my Alcohol Licence online?

      You can currently only apply in MMI stores. We are working with the authorities on a new online solution.

  • How much is it to apply for an Alcohol Licence?

      The annual fee is AED 270 – it is the same cost for a new or renewal licence. In return you will receive over AED 1,500 worth of vouchers and rewards.

  • What happens if I pay for my Alcohol Licence and the application is not approved?

      We will try and support you where possible to get the application approved. If it cannot be approved, you will be refunded the annual fee of AED 270.

  • Can I shop at MMI whilst my application is being processed?

      It should take a few days for your application to be approved in the system. Once your application is approved, you can start shopping at MMI.

  • My licence is due to expire at the end of 2020 – do I need changeover to the new Alcohol Licence card/system?

      Yes, everyone with an Alcohol Licence must changeover to the new system by 31st August 2020. You can simply do this by visiting any MMI store with your valid Emirates ID.

      There are two ways you can transfer to the new licence:

      • Process your annual alcohol licence renewal now and the validity of the card will be pro-rated to add on the additional 12 months (see example in table below)
      • Pay AED 25 to transfer to the new card (which will be valid until your current card expires), and you will receive a voucher for AED 25 to spend in-store in the Value Vault.

       

       

      Current alcohol licence “Red Card” expiry date If you renew in July 2020 – number of months your alcohol licence will be valid for Expiration date of your new alcohol licence Renewal Fee
      September 2020 14 months September 2021 AED 270
      October 2020 15 months October 2021
      November 2020 16 months November 2021
      December 2020 17 months December 2021
      January 2021 18 months January 2022
      February 2021 19 months February 2022
      March 2021 20 months March 2022
  • Will there be costs for reprinting/updating to the new Alcohol Licence?

      There are two ways you can transfer to the new licence:

      • Process your annual Alcohol Licence renewal now and the validity of the card will be pro-rated as per the above table. The annual cost is AED 270.
      • Pay AED 25 to transfer to the new card (which will be valid until your current card expires), and you will receive a voucher for AED 25 to spend in-store in the Value Vault.
  • Why do I need to changeover to the new card if my licence has not expired?

      All Alcohol Licence holders need to be registered on the new system by 31st August 2020. The old system will be retired from 1st September 2020, making the “red cards” no longer valid.

  • My licences is currently in the process of being issued or renewed, why is it taking longer?

      If your licences is currently in process, your information will be imported into the new system, and you will be notified shortly to head to the MMI store of your choice with your Emirates ID to complete the process and collect your new licence..

  • How long is the process to get a new / renew my Alcohol Licence under the new system?

      New applications

      Once you submit your new application in-store, it will take a few days to be approved in the system. Once the application is approved in the system you can start shopping at MMI.

       

      Renewl applications

      Once you submit your renewal application you can start shopping in MMI straight away!

      For both new and renewal applications it will take approximately 4 weeks to receive your new card from time of applying including application, approval, printing and delivery back to the store.

  • I am on my spouses visa do I need any other documents when applying for my Alcohol Licence?

      We recommend that you submit an NOC from your spouse at the time of applying for your Alcohol Licence.

  • What happens if my old valid license is under process to be converted to the new format, what number shall I quote if ordering from LegalHomeDelivery.com?

      You can use the old valid alcohol license until the new card is approved and new alcohol licence is issued.

  • Are there any benefits to applying for an Alcohol Licence through MMI?

      Yes, you will receive with your Alcohol Licence over AED 1,500 worth of vouchers and rewards, which includes:

      • AED 1,500 worth of vouchers (from dining and travel discounts to in-store offers)
      • Savings across 17 MMI Retail stores which stock the world’s favourite brands
      • Ongoing Loyalty program
      • AED 100 in-store voucher for every successful friend referral
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