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We are going to stock up for Christmas but what would happen if we were to get caught?

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Caught? Caught doing what? Provided you have an alcohol licence you are allowed to drive via Sharjah and keep alcohol in your home (within your limits). If you don't have a licence then you are breaking the law.

If you are stopped in Sharjah and cannot show a valid alcohol licence all the booze could be confiscated and you can be fined. The police could get involved and worst case - prison. Few people get caught, but everyone should ensure that the bottles/cans are not visible whilst driving along. I would have thought that there was a higher chance of being stopped this weekend, as the police will be aware that expats will be making booze runs.

Note that Barracuda is likely to be rammed this weekend. A better option may be the Al Hamra Cellar (another similar shop) in RAK.

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Not too sure as Sharjah (which you have to drive through) is a dry state, it would probably result in confiscation and a fine at the very least to custodial sentence and deportation at worse.

One of my friends who has been here about ten years told me a cautionary tale which I shall share.

After driving back from Barracuda with a full 4x4 stacked with beer a local started driving next to them beeping his horn and wanting them to stop. After a while and as she was with her husband they stopped at the side of the road. The local claimed that they had hit his car and he wanted to call the police. They had never seen nor struck the car and quickly realised that he was trying to extort the beer stash thinking they would just hand it over to keep it quiet.

As they were close to the Dubai/Sharjah border her husband told the driver that his wife needed to go home to pick up the kids and that he would wait with him by the side of the road until the police came - there was no damage to either car. The local apparently became irate but her husband is a big Kenyan guy so he blocked his way whilst his wife drove off across the border to safety...

...strangely once his wife had gone with the beer, the local was no longer interested in getting the police involved and promptly drove off. Once my friend had off-loaded the beer at home, she came back to pick her husband up where she had left him.

My advice would be -

1. Drive carefully and avoid the possibility of an accident
2. Make sure your vehicle is serviceable and that you can self recover
3. Go in a 2 vehicle convoy with 2 people in each so if something happens you have a recovery vehicle that can get the beer away until the other vehicle is fixed and so that no person is left on their own
4. Don't make it blantantly obvious by stuffing your vehicle as full as it can get!
5. If you're involved in an accident using just one vehicle and your vehicle is still working leave a point of contact and get that booze out of there!!

Anything is possible, It's all about minimising risk!


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Happyhour - please note my response.

Best not to guess as the right answer, especially when there are potential serious consequences if incorrect.



To clarify for everyone. The law says it is illegal for residents to keep alcohol in their home if they do not have a licence. This also means that whilst you can legally buy the stuff in certain other emirates, it is illegal to transport it through Sharjah if you do not have a Dubai or AD licence. Certainly a rather daft set up, and thousands of people break the law, but at least be aware of the risks you are taking.

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Happyhour - please note my response.

Best not to guess as the right answer, especially when there are potential serious consequences if incorrect.



To clarify for everyone. The law says it is illegal for residents to keep alcohol in their home if they do not have a licence. This also means that whilst you can legally buy the stuff in certain other emirates, it is illegal to transport it through Sharjah if you do not have a Dubai or AD licence. Certainly a rather daft set up, and thousands of people break the law, but at least be aware of the risks you are taking.

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My understanding of the law was that regardless of having a liquor licence in Dubai or Abu Dhabi you could not legally possess alchohol in Sharjah, be it passing through or otherwise.

and thus in doing so you are breaking the law

On givng the advice in the first place I made the assumption that the person had a liquor licence for their own property.

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... and my friend had/still has a liquor licence for Dubai.

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Not too sure as Sharjah (which you have to drive through) is a dry state, it would probably result in confiscation and a fine at the very least to custodial sentence and deportation at worse.

One of my friends who has been here about ten years told me a cautionary tale which I shall share.

After driving back from Barracuda with a full 4x4 stacked with beer a local started driving next to them beeping his horn and wanting them to stop. After a while and as she was with her husband they stopped at the side of the road. The local claimed that they had hit his car and he wanted to call the police. They had never seen nor struck the car and quickly realised that he was trying to extort the beer stash thinking they would just hand it over to keep it quiet.

As they were close to the Dubai/Sharjah border her husband told the driver that his wife needed to go home to pick up the kids and that he would wait with him by the side of the road until the police came - there was no damage to either car. The local apparently became irate but her husband is a big Kenyan guy so he blocked his way whilst his wife drove off across the border to safety...

...strangely once his wife had gone with the beer, the local was no longer interested in getting the police involved and promptly drove off. Once my friend had off-loaded the beer at home, she came back to pick her husband up where she had left him.

My advice would be -

1. Drive carefully and avoid the possibility of an accident
2. Make sure your vehicle is serviceable and that you can self recover
3. Go in a 2 vehicle convoy with 2 people in each so if something happens you have a recovery vehicle that can get the beer away until the other vehicle is fixed and so that no person is left on their own
4. Don't make it blantantly obvious by stuffing your vehicle as full as it can get!
5. If you're involved in an accident using just one vehicle and your vehicle is still working leave a point of contact and get that booze out of there!!

Anything is possible, It's all about minimising risk!


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Wow that is quite a story Crazy. I can believe it though, some people here (anywhere you go actually) will try whatever they can.
I have to say the best advice I have been given about obtaining and having Liquor is to make it as inconspicuous as possible. As long as you are not blatant about it you should be okay. I would do my best to make sure the liquor was secured and completely covered in the car. And Crazy’s idea about going in a 2 car convey in probably a really good one. Best to cover all your bases.

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That's a variation of another story that involves the irate "local" and the western expat, whether there ever was any truth in the it I don't know but it's been doing the rounds longer than the sightings of Elvis in Tesco's in Hull....

The police aren't bothered about you transporting booze, a friend of mine was stopped in Sharjah for speeding 2 years ago with all his grog on open view in the back of his open top jeep, the police could not have not noticed it, didn't say anything and fined him AED100 for not having his reg document....

The police frankly can't be bothered with the hassle unless there's a blitz, which there may be at this time of year.

Another option is to go to the hole in the wall which is the building site to the left of the Ajamn Beach Hotel, cheap as chips. (It's not just 3 holes in the wall, it does have a proper wine shop there too). Failing that, go to www.centaurusint.net order what you want and have them deliver to you... Now that's a good idea...

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Oh dear...but what I expected. My husband's liquor licence won't be finalised until after christmas. Really don't want to have a dry christmas but is it worth the risk!?

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Oh dear...but what I expected. My husband's liquor licence won't be finalised until after christmas. Really don't want to have a dry christmas but is it worth the risk!?

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Do you not know anyone who already has one and if so then go with them.

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