Q.Can I consume alcohol in Dubai?

Wide choices of excellent wines, beers and spirits are available in licensed restaurants and bars. Dubai has several laws regarding alcohol which tourists should be aware of before visiting the country.

  • Alcohol is only available at licensed premises usually closed to hotels (most nightclubs and bars are in or attached to hotels that have separate entrances).
  • Alcohol is not available on religious holidays or during daylight hours in Ramadan (even to non-Muslims).
  • It is illegal to drink alcohol in public areas.
  • Remember to carry some sort of identification when visiting a bar if you are young, as you will not be allowed to enter the bar. The law prohibits anyone below 21 years old to enter such places.
Q.What are the restrictions on drunk driving in the UAE?

There is a zero tolerance approach to drunk driving. Convictions will lead to fines and stiff penalties. Being drunk in public is also a punishable offence.

Q.What type of food is available at the restaurants?

Dubai restaurants & hotels offer a remarkably diverse range of food and beverage outlets. Other than traditional Arabic cuisine, there is a wide choice of British, Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swiss and Thai food. The traditional food of the Emirates has always been rice, fish and meat.

Q.I am a non-Muslim and planning to visit the UAE during the month of Ramadan; is it allowed for me to eat and drink in public places?

During Ramadan all Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Eating, drinking and smoking in public areas during daylight hours should be avoided. However, hotels provide meals at restaurants that are not exposed to the public view in the fasting hours.

Q.Do I need to tip?

Tax and service charges are usually included in the bills but 5-10% tip is adequate. Airport and hotel porters as usual take 2-3 US Dollars depending on the amount of luggage.