Requirement to obtain a liquor license as applies to normal non-Muslim residents in employment within Abu Dhabi:
Fill in Liquor License application form (to be typed) in Arabic.
Provide original passport plus a copy. Also present residential papers.
Present Labour contract copy with the original.
Attach 2 recent passport sized photos with application form.
If there is doubt of religion (possible due to nationality or name), present religion certificate from either the appropriate embassy or other authority.
Minimum salary requirement must be above 3000-4000 DHS monthly depending on circumstance. Salary Certificate from the applicant’s company must be presented, in Arabic.
Salary Certificate from the company, in Arabic, addressed to the Directorate Gen. Of Police Abu Dhabi - Criminal Investigation Department.
Those who fall into the Drivers category of employment are not allowed to obtain a liquor license.
For renewals old liquor license must be presented.
Also please note that the value of the permit is based on the holder’s salary; up to 20% of the holders salary may be used for alcohol.
Payment: the charge will be 20% of the license value (for example, should a license value be DHS400, then the charge would be DHS 80.
The completed documents should be taken by the applicant to the Police Directorate (click here to see map).
The Licensing Department is open from 8am-11am on Sundays and Mondays ONLY.
PROs applying on behalf of the employee can go to the Licensing Department on Wednesdays from 8am-11am.
Licences issued will be delivered to you by Empost within a week after submission. DHS 10 will be charged by Empost for delivery.