United Arab Emirates Beer

Today in 1971, United Arab Emirates gained their Independence from the United Kingdom.

United Arab Emirates

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.00%


  • Full Name: United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia
  • Government Type: Federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates
  • Language: Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu
  • Religion(s): Muslim (Islam – official) 96% (Shia 16%), other (includes Christian, Hindu) 4%
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Population: 5,314,317; 115th
  • Area: 83,600 sq km, 115th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Maine
  • National Food: Ndolé
  • National Symbol: Golden Falcon; Peregrine Falcon, Arabian Horse; Ghaf
  • Affiliations: UN, Arab League
  • Independence: From the UK, December 2, 1971


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 21 [Note: Expatriate non-Muslim residents may request a liquor permit to purchase alcoholic beverages, but it is illegal for such holders to provide drinks to others.]
  • BAC: 0.00%
  • Number of Breweries: 0


  • How to Say “Beer”: beereh (biræ) / جعة / شراب من الشعير / جعة / المزر شراب نوع من الجعة / بيرة
  • How to Order a Beer: Waheed beera, meen fadleek
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Bismilah / Fi schettak or Fisehatak (“to your health”) / في صحتك
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 92%
  • Wine: 3%
  • Spirits: <1%
  • Other: 5%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 0.34
  • Unrecorded: 0.20
  • Total: 0.54
  • Beer: 0.30

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 0.34 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Decrease
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Sales Restrictions: N//A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N//A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N//A

Patterns of Drinking Score: 2

Prohibition: None


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