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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Dubai Tourism authority asks premises to be dry as UAE marks Prophet's birthday

Dubai Tourism asks licensed premises to refrain from serving alcohol between 5pm on Thursday, November 30 and 6pm on Friday, December 1 for important occasion

The Dubai Sevens event coincides with a Dubai Tourism request to halt serving alcohol on the Prophet's birthday. Warren Little / Getty Images
The Dubai Sevens event coincides with a Dubai Tourism request to halt serving alcohol on the Prophet's birthday. Warren Little / Getty Images

Hotels and restaurants will refrain from serving alcohol on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 as the UAE marks an important occasion in the Muslim Hijri calendar.

Dubai Tourism asked licensed premises to halt serving drinks and hosting live entertainment between 5pm on Thursday and 6pm on Friday.

The period coincides with a number of live, licensed events including Take That at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre and the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.

The move was implemented as a mark of respect as Muslims celebrate the Prophet's birthday.

The other emirates are yet to confirm licensing hours but they are typically unified on religious holidays.

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