If you are visiting Dubai for the first time then you must consider a few things:
Dubai is one of the emirates that make up the UAE in the Gulf.
All the emirates have strict laws on alcohol, sex and drugs, and Dubai is no exception.
Expats and tourists over 21 are allowed to drink alcohol, but only in certain places favored by Westerners such as hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.
Non-Muslim residents must buy a license to buy alcohol in shops to drink at home. Dubai has strict laws surrounding alcohol. Visitors who do not live there cannot get a license, but one way round it is to buy duty free booze at the airport and take it to your hotel. Residents are also meant to have a permit to drink in licensed venues, but tourists are able to buy drinks in hotels and bars without any problem.
However it is illegal to be drunk in public. Many visitors fall foul of this law when they come to the attention of police for another matter such as rowdy behavior or a car crash, or even if they are the victim of a crime. Dubai has a zero-tolerance approach to drink driving.
And it is illegal to drink any alcohol in a public place, including beaches. Plain clothes police officers are said to be on the lookout for Westerners breaking the law in tourist hot spots.
Muslim visitors, even those from Western countries, face more severe punishments for drunkenness, including lashings.
And don’t drink too much on planes heading to the UAE. You could be arrested for being under the influence while on a stop-over in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, even if you don’t leave the airport
Non-Muslim residents can get a liquor license to drink alcohol at home and in licensed venues