Which Islamic state has permitted delivery of liquor to you doorstep following the closure of bars amid virus threat?
According to reports of Baaghi TV, while a nation-wide lockdown is imposed in Dubai, the government has permitted delivery of liqour to peoples homes. Since bars are closed pertaining to the lockdown, the government has decided to make liquor accessible by permitting home deliveries for their citizens.
It is to be noted that deliveries for beer, spirits and wine have been offered by two of Dubai’s largest wine distributors. Dubai, which has long been a peoples’ favorite in the Middle East, especially in terms of alcohol consumption, is a great place for foreigners and locals alike as it has a wide range of restaurants licenced to provide convenience to the tourists, travelers and foreigners.
According to reports of Baaghi TV, following the lockdown caused by the fear of spread of the global pandemic, COVID-19, across Dubai, companies have been requested to deliver liquor from door to door, for which they have sought permission from the government.
Rabia Yasin, who is an analyst for market research firm Euromonitor International, has stated that luxury hotels and bars are the most impacted sector as they have had a direct impact on the consumption of alcohol in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is being reported that the government-owned Emirate airline subsidiary, Maritime and Mercantile International also known as MMI, has announced the launch of a home-based liquor supply website for its clients.
It is to be noted, that the tourists who are stuck in Dubai following the notification of nation-wide lockdown are advised to use their passports for the buying of wine. However, residents who are in possession of a liquor license (a red plastic card issued by Duabi Police) may use their cards which require an annual renewal, respectively.
Meanwhile, non-Muslims who are twenty-one years of age or older can also apply for a licence – thought the city’s bartenders do not test their alcohol before drinking.
According to reports of Baaghi TV, a person had received his delivery six hours after placing the order. The delivery-person wore face mask and gloves while making the delivery, as confirmed by the delivery company which stated that they were carefully following safety measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, identified as COVID-19.
Reportedly, potential buyers of alcohol had requested that bars and clubs maintain their functions during Coronavirus and/or other pandemic diseases, however, they were closed to prevent the spread due to larger gatherings. Although it is illegal to sale alcohol in Islamic states such as Dubai, UAE, Iran, Kuwait, and even Saudi Arabia yet, sales continue as they help to strengthen the economy.
Moreover, while there is a fifty percent import tax per bottle of wine in Dubai as well as an additional thirty percent tax for buying from liquor shops in the UAE, the Dubai government as allegedly softened its laws pertaining to liquor in the past year to help boost the liquor sales, and allowing the tourists to buy alcohol at government-controlled stores, respectively.
It is to be noted that Dubaiu also allowed for the sale of alcohol during the holy-month of Ramadan when Muslims across the globe fast from sun-up [Fajar prayer] to sun-down [Maghrib prayer], in the year 2016 to make ease for foreigners who had come to Dubai for tourism. It may also be recalled that Dubai has extended the temporary suspension of trade activities to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus until April 18th.
In addition to this, the Dubai government has suspended all trade activities from last month to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and only supermarkets and medical stores selling merchandise and medicines have remained open while bars, goods and commercial activities have been closed.
Baaghi TV urges you to play your part as a responsible citizen by staying at home to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones and the community.
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