Hotelier launches legal bid to stop Bahrain alcohol ban

Regent Palace manager files case in bid to delay new regulations for one year.
Hotelier launches legal bid to stop Bahrain alcohol ban
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 04 May 2009 08:16 AM

A Bahraini hotelier has launched a one-man bid to halt plans to ban on the sale of alcohol in one and two-star hotels.

Regent Palace investor Fateh Al Basri has filed a case in the Administration Court, seeking a one-year grace period before ban is brought in, it was reported on Monday.

It is thought he is the only hotelier to take court action over the ban, which also covers live entertainment and was imposed by the Culture and Information Ministry from April 18, Gulf Daily News reported.

The ban is believed to have affected 39 hotels across Manama, and critics have claimed many hotels could be forced out of business as a result.

"I do not know what to do," Al Basri told the paper. "I have employees to pay and send back home and I have cheques to send out, but where will I get the money from now? I have filed a court case against the ministry and I am hoping that I can at least get one year to fix my current situation and pay my dues.

"I am very upset and angered by the way this ban was implemented and demand that I get more time."

Al Basri said he was facing legal action from the owner of the hotel, who he pays thousands of dinars every month to lease the property.

Al Basri's case is due to resume in court on Monday.

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