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Old Sep 18th 2008, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by L1bel View Post
Hello all

I am a new joiner who is currently weighing up the prospects of moving to Dubai. This is an excellent forum to conduct research but there is one issue on which I am not quite clear.

Booze - I'm aware of the requirement for ex-pats to obtain a licence but here's the kicker....although I'm born and raised in England, I'm of Muslim descent. From what I can find out so far, the alcohol licence is only available to non-muslims.

So my question is effectively - Are there any ways around this so I can be treated just like any other expat?!

I have seen references to having to register if you are a muslim but I would put my faith down as Agnostic and hope to get a licence that way. Although my name (and face!) would give it away, I'm wondering how strictly this aspect of the law is enforced against non-practicing muslims!

Any help would be much appreciated. don't much fancy going on the wagon for a few years!
I know several people like you here and it's nigh on impossible for them to get booze licenses. You will be able to drink in bars and buy booze in other emirates but you will be taking a (small) risk.

Keep in mind there are many Arab christians so if you name might not be an issue.

Aside from changing your name I am not sure what you can do to lower the risk of being investigated (which you don't want). Dubai's not all it's cracked up to be...have a look at other options too.

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Old Sep 18th 2008, 11:19 am
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Originally Posted by Spugsy View Post
on my form I just put 'none' under religion.
Can't do that over here in the Magic Kingdom, Spugsy - they don't recognise that concept.

They classify me by my 'religion', even though I don't have one and never will. On all my documents, visa, etc, I'm a Christian..........

.......... and not a very good advert for one, I'm sorry to say............
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Can't do that over here in the Magic Kingdom, Spugsy - they don't recognise that concept.

They classify me by my 'religion', even though I don't have one and never will. On all my documents, visa, etc, I'm a Christian..........

.......... and not a very good advert for one, I'm sorry to say............
do they recognise the pre-Islamic Arab religion/life/culture as such?
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Originally Posted by The Dean View Post
Can't do that over here in the Magic Kingdom, Spugsy - they don't recognise that concept.

They classify me by my 'religion', even though I don't have one and never will. On all my documents, visa, etc, I'm a Christian..........

.......... and not a very good advert for one, I'm sorry to say............
Apparently I'm a Christian too...pretty good given I deny the existence of all Judeo-Christian deities!

It's little things like pigeonholing everyone by belief (like it or not) that keeps places like this from entering the 21st Century.

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Yeah, likewise; also classed as a Christian. I used to be an atheist, but now I don't believe in all that crap.
Oh, and Dubai without booze is like ehm, er, hmmm, good question, could be, no; not that, ummm, no sorry, all that booze is affecting my ability to think.
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Old Sep 18th 2008, 12:56 pm
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Yeah, likewise; also classed as a Christian. I used to be an atheist, but now I don't believe in all that crap.
Oh, and Dubai without booze is like ehm, er, hmmm, good question, could be, no; not that, ummm, no sorry, all that booze is affecting my ability to think.
you seem like pub quiz material....interested?
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do they recognise the pre-Islamic Arab religion/life/culture as such?
Yes - except any bit that might infer that Israel had a teensy weensy claim to a patch of land about as big as my little finger nail...........
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Originally Posted by MataHari View Post
you seem like pub quiz material....interested?
Pub; for sure! Quiz; that's a tough one, I always know the answer just after they tell me!
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Old Sep 18th 2008, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Roadking View Post
Pub; for sure! Quiz; that's a tough one, I always know the answer just after they tell me!
oh you'll fit right in then..
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Originally Posted by MataHari View Post
oh you'll fit right in then..
Guess you don't win many quizzes, then. (Is that how you spell more than one quiz?)
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Old Sep 18th 2008, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Roadking View Post
Guess you don't win many quizzes, then. (Is that how you spell more than one quiz?)
actually, we are not doing that bad...but our star player is doing his trick for the last time next Monday and we are in desparate need for new people...
and I mean desparate...

and see...I cleverly avoid answering your question about spelling...
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Originally Posted by MataHari View Post
actually, we are not doing that bad...but our star player is doing his trick for the last time next Monday and we are in desparate need for new people...
and I mean desparate...

and see...I cleverly avoid answering your question about spelling...
Where do you quiz? More to the point, where's the bar???
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Originally Posted by Roadking View Post
Where do you quiz? More to the point, where's the bar???
Aussie Legends bar, Rydges hotel, Satwa roundabout...Mondays at 20.00
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Originally Posted by MataHari View Post
Aussie Legends bar, Rydges hotel, Satwa roundabout...Mondays at 20.00
I'll see what I can do, no promises. I don't get out much so it could be fun. Do they give a discount for pensioners?
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I'll see what I can do, no promises. I don't get out much so it could be fun. Do they give a discount for pensioners?
you should get out more...
errr...how old are you...there is no history round
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