Dubai’s rulers turn kind to tourists this Ramadan, welcome them with easy access to alcohol


The Shaikhs of Dubai, often criticised for making lives of tourists difficult during the Holy month of Ramadan, have just relaxed rules for alcohol consumption.

In the past, those wanting to enjoy beer or a a glass of wine needed to wait until after Iftar, time when Muslims break fast. However, things have now changed and tourists can enjoy alcohol to their full satisfaction any time during the day.

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This, according to a report by Associated Press, reflects how much Dubai’s rulers value the revenue both tourists and alcohol tax bring into this emirate.

Just before this Ramadan, on 31 May, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing issued a notice to hotel managers across the emirate stating that during the dates encompassing Ramadan, alcohol sales would be governed by normal rules, as opposed to limiting their hours.

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing told AP that “ensuring a superlative visitor experience consistently is at the center of our destination proposition and remains in line with Dubai’s significance as a world-class tourism destination.”

The tourism department did appeal on tourists to respect Ramadan rules.

“With nearly 1 million tourists expected to visit and enjoy all aspects of our city over Ramadan, we expect all operators and travelers to be respectful of the Holy Month and be mindful of cultural sensitivities,” the department said in a statement.



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