Since Abu Dhabi is part of the UAE, a Muslim country and there are stringent rules about alcohol consumption. It is important to observe the laws and customs so as not to find yourself in jail. The basic rules about alcohol which you need to observe.
It is advisable to carry your license with you at all times. When you make a purchase the vendor needs to write in the license (which comes in the form of a booklet) how much alcohol you bought and when you made your purchase.
Once you have your alcohol license you are limited as to the amount of money you can spend on alcohol a month according to your income.
You can spend up to 20% of your monthly income on alcohol a month. The minimum salary needed to get an alcohol license is 3000-4000Dhs.
The license allows you to purchase alcohol for personal use only and not for resale.
Even if you have purchased the alcohol legally you are not allowed to display it publicly.
You need to renew the license annually
The rules have recently changed whereas you used to apply at any liquor store or the police station, now all applications are online. A Special License Office was established in April 2012 which now issues all alcohol licenses, those previously issued are still valid.
In order to apply and to access information about the requirements you need to login/register on the site.
You will be able to pick up your license from a liquor store near you. In order to access the Spinneys website you need to have an access code which is attainable from any Spinneys store on presentation of a liquor license.
Spinneys have 9 stores in the Abu Dhabi and 7 of them are in Abu Dhabi City.
Spinneys are a supermarket chain based out of Dubai and they carry imported products like pork and alcohol, some of the stores sell alcohol exclusively.