Abu Dabi sets new regulations for alcohol consumption. A new set of regulations for the sale of alcoholic beverages has been published by Abu Dhabi’s tourist body, and businesses have six months to comply.
The Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi (DCT) has outlined the technical and ingredient standards for alcoholic beverages in an advisory sent to distribution businesses and retail shop managers. It said that these regulations were created to guarantee the security of both suppliers and customers.
The DCT policy stipulates that the alcohol content must be at least 0.5%. Wine should not taste or smell like vinegar, and beer shouldn’t have any artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors other than caramel. It said, the product must be prepared and handled under appropriate sanitary circumstances.
The product must be devoid of pathogenic microorganisms and any of their secretions that could be dangerous to the health of the customer.
The product must not contain methanol or any other harmful alcohols. Alcohol content must be at least 0.5 percent.
Additionally, the beverages need to be packaged in spick-and-span containers that can “protect it from pollution and damage. The labels must contain all relevant details regarding the ingredients, manufacturer, shelf life, and alcohol content. The alcoholic beverages must be packaged in sturdy, and suitable containers that will shield them from pollution and maintain their original qualities.
The regulations also included packaging, transport, and storage methods as well as additional information regarding the types of alcohol used. Distribution businesses and retail stores have six months to make the necessary changes. Infringers will face legal repercussions.