It's a small revolution in the United Arab Emirates.
The city of Dubai decided on Sunday to suspend for one year its 30% tax on alcohol, as well as the payment of the compulsory license that all people who wanted to buy alcohol in the territory must have.
"With the removal of the 30% municipal tax and a free liquor license, buying your favorite drinks is now easier and cheaper than ever," claimed MMI, one of Dubai's two major liquor suppliers. , on his Instagram account.
Only VAT, at 5%, remains in force on alcohol-based products, notes African & Eastern, the other main retailer.
The two brands have assured that they will pass on this abolition to their prices, which should thus drop sharply.
More flexible local alcohol policies
As Reuters points out, "the move should further enhance Dubai's appeal to tourists and expatriate residents attracted by its more liberal lifestyle, compared to other Gulf cities."
Faced with emerging competition from countries in the region, several cities in the United Arab Emirates have adopted globally attractive policies in recent years, including the legalization of cohabitation for unmarried couples and the authorization of sale of alcohol during the holy month of Ramadan, which was previously banned across the country, CNN reports.
Dubai has also already changed its weekend rhythm since January 1, 2022, where the city went from a Sunday-Thursday working week, to a Monday-Friday week, in particular in a bid to align with the standards in the business world.