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Dubai said to start issuing temporary alcohol permits for tourists

Retailers MMI and African + Eastern are reportedly working with authorities to manage the new licence system

Dubai said to start issuing temporary alcohol permits for tourists

Tourists to Dubai can reportedly now obtain a temporary alcohol licence in a measure intended to ensure visitors do not break the law.

Until now only Dubai visa holders have been eligible for a two-year licence that allows them to buy alcohol from shops and store it at home.

Retailers MMI and African + Eastern are working with Dubai authorities to manage the new licence system, The National reported on Thursday, adding that the 30-day permit would be rolled out this summer.

It reported that applicants can present their passport to the stores and sign a form stating they are not a UAE resident.

Each applicant is also issued with a guideline to responsible drinking in Dubai.

Dubai Tourism, MMI and African + Eastern were approached for comment, the newspaper said.