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beginners guide to finding the best wine and beer in uae

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In the UAE, there are also a surprisingly good range of wine, beers, and spirits, despite a common myth that you can't drink here. But to achieve this is an issue different, as each of the Emirates has different laws, conditions, and tax rates on alcohol, many of which can surprise those who have not started. So here we present the Beginners Guide to Finding the Best Wine and Beer in UAE. So read and find out all the details.

Best Places to Buy Wine and Beer in UAE

Airport

Visitors to the UAE are not allowed to purchase bottles from retail stores or apply for the license of a liqueur, and to have a good alcohol run would not possibly fit in with their holiday plans. Dubai Duty-Free and Le Clos have two places of interest, the latter specializing in fine wines that would make a London cellar of the most important and would sell more premium whiskey than in any other cellar on the planet, especially at Dubai Duty-Free. Dubai visitors can bring up to five liters of spirit in the region, but we strongly suggest you, because when you are inside, things get a lot more complicated.

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Dubai

However, if you have one, you can buy alcohol from two firms – African+Eastern and MMI, which both stock mainly big global brands. Under Dubai legislation, you need a license to store alcohol in your house. It can be said that an alcoholic license often restricts how much you can spend on booze per month – which could be a positive or a bad thing depending on your consumption, with the recent amendments to the Alcohol License Regulations under which you can now restrict your own spending.

The 'Cellar Door' was launched earlier in this year in the Depachika Food Hall as part of the Nakheel Mall and is a recent addition to Dubai's wine shopping scene. Although the shop only stocks wine, it certainly works well for The Palm Jumeirah residents.

The best information – or so we believe – was received during the COVID-19 lockdown when the MMI and African & Eastern partnered up to introduce a service to get wine distributed legally in our own countries. The 'urban slang for the 'fear of wine running out of wine' was the most common news. LegalHomeDelivery.com is probably the nearest thing for 'boozing on hand' with several offers and next-day delivery, and we cannot be happier.

Abu Dhabi

Like Dubai, Abu Dhabi requires an alcohol license, but more than two retailers can choose from it. Grey & Mackenzie have a refined range of some of the best-known wines, while some of Spinneys supermarkets also have seven dedicated alcoholic shops in town. Strangely speaking, Euro Star Cellars is officially situated in Abu Dhabi, although it is currently on the outskirts of Dubai. The range is very simple but still improves. Until recently, Abu Dhabi had a significantly lower tax on alcohol, making shopping more affordable, but both the cities aligned with each other in July 2018.

Umm al-Quwain

The Barracuda Beach Club, which has a local liquéfaction shop, The Original Barracuda, is home to 6,000 items that always change and are a popular place to store on a beer run. The alcohol laws in Umm Al-Quwain are more easy, and no license is required, taxes are less, and, above all, no limit on how much you can invest, like Ras Al-Khaimah, Ajman, and Fujairah. There are three wine consultants on the spot to advise wine lovers, even trained sommeliers.

Barracuda started a mobile app (iOS and Android) earlier this year, offering a click-and-collect service and a rewards scheme for 'Loyalty points.' You may also give money or loyalty to a mate, making the management of these dilemmas easier! 

This month we have tested the app and combined the huge range of offers and discounts for a highly satisfying booze sprint.

Ajman

Indeed, the smallest of the seven emirates has a few alcoholic retailers, including the 'Hole in the Wall,' sometimes called closed but never seemed to be.

Oscars were reputed to be well-stocked in alcohol, though they might neglect their range of beer and wine. During our last visit in the summer of 2020, the increased option of wines, including some of our old favorites and a few less well-known regional varieties, was happily surprised (Romanian, anybody?). Sadly, they were often clean of the spirit – we attribute that to the strategic bulk purchase of the crucial products necessary for handling COVID-19.

The very good Unisat Liquor is also available to select from many branches.

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Fujairah 

Fujairah offers a shop in Ras al-Khaimah with a close, if not more robust, wine, whisky, and beer range as well as nice beaches. If you like Belgian or American handicraft beers, you're also the place to be in the world.

Ras al-Khaimah

In Ras al-Khaimah, there are three billboards. His sister business in Dubai and Dubai airport, Le Clos, and the MMI are remarkably nice at the Al Hamra cellars, which have an excellent option. In the meantime, the cellar is owned by African + Eastern, with a decent range of wine and a rather good list of beer and whiskey. Finally, there is Centaurus, a smaller store with several big names and a number of pleasantly unusual options that often add a personal touch to your operation.

So this completes our Beginners Guide to Finding the Best Wine and Beer in UAE.So get your Emirates Visa and visit the nation to taste out the great wines and beer.

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