A waitress serves customers beer at a restaurant in Dubai. Dubai ended its 30 per cent tax on alcohol sales in the sheikhdom on January 1 and made its required liquor licenses free to obtain, ending a long-standing source of revenue for its ruling family to apparently further boost its tourism to the emirate. Photo: AP
A waitress serves customers beer at a restaurant in Dubai. Dubai ended its 30 per cent tax on alcohol sales in the sheikhdom on January 1 and made its required liquor licenses free to obtain, ending a long-standing source of revenue for its ruling family to apparently further boost its tourism to the emirate. Photo: AP
Middle East

Dubai ends hefty alcohol tax to boost business, tourism

  • The initiative will trial for a year and the government is likely to monitor how effectively the lower prices are passed on to consumers
  • With greater competition from Persian Gulf neighbours such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Dubai has tried to make itself more attractive to foreigners

A waitress serves customers beer at a restaurant in Dubai. Dubai ended its 30 per cent tax on alcohol sales in the sheikhdom on January 1 and made its required liquor licenses free to obtain, ending a long-standing source of revenue for its ruling family to apparently further boost its tourism to the emirate. Photo: AP
A waitress serves customers beer at a restaurant in Dubai. Dubai ended its 30 per cent tax on alcohol sales in the sheikhdom on January 1 and made its required liquor licenses free to obtain, ending a long-standing source of revenue for its ruling family to apparently further boost its tourism to the emirate. Photo: AP
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