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Dubai scraps 30% alcohol tax

A bar in the city of Dubai. Photo: timeoutmarket.com

Dubai has scrapped its 30% alcohol tax in what seems to be a bid to boost tourism.

The emirate will also stop charging for personal alcohol licences – something residents who want to drink at home must have, BBC says.

Dubai has been relaxing laws for some time, allowing the sale of alcohol in daylight during Ramadan and approving home delivery during the pandemic.

This latest move is thought to be an attempt to make the city more attractive to foreigners, in the face of competition from neighbours.

Writing by Muzha Kucha