Alcohol Addiction among Executives and Professionals Is a Growing Problem in Dubai

Dubai is a country where Islamic religion dominates and as known alcohol consumption is prohibited among Muslims. However there has been an increase in the number of people consuming alcohol in Dubai as well as other countries within the United Arabs Emirates such as Abu Dhabi among others. Recently the alarming rate of alcohol consumption in the entire United Arabs Emirates has compelled the concerned authorities to come up with measures to help this huge population wasting their lives away in drinking alcohol without any control. This includes setting up a national rehab center at Abu Dhabi to help cater for the needs of addicts in the UAE.

The biggest in fighting alcohol addiction in Dubai is that most of the people affected are professionals which means that at the time of their addiction they might not be able to offer the services that are needed by the citizens however the NRC is doing as much to save the situation as possible to ensure that the growing numbers of executives and professionals consuming alcohol is reduced.

Alcohol Addiction in Dubai

in Dubai alcohol is frequently used socially, however as a person continues to use alcohol he will fail to notice in good time if his drinking is becoming a problem and by the time he realizes that the habit is becoming a problem it will probably too late. This is the problem that has faced professionals in Dubai and the fact that a person is often surrounded by people drinking the same amount, and as frequently as he does. It may be that he has always used alcohol and never thought of it as causing him problems. Professionals with family members who consume alcohol seem it normal to indulge in drinking and at some point maintaining a low risk level of drinking becomes a problem and eventually they become dependent on alcohol and dependence on alcohol and any drug of abuse is not safe for any professional as it may hurt his career.

In Dubai just like any other part of the world professional will turn to alcohol because of work related stress or a lack of knowledge about ways to manage difficult or painful emotions. With alcohol, frequent use can cause a physical dependence that needs to be assessed to be treated.

The extent to which alcohol abuse has increased in the UAE is revealed in an exclusive interview with XPRESS, in which Hesham Farouk Al Arabi, NRC head of health, training and education, revealed details of plans to treat alcohol abuse among the expat community. It includes opening a 200-bed facility by 2014 and setting up satellite services throughout the country as part of a “washing machine” model where getting clean on a detox is just the start. In the interview he pointed out that the number of expats who are drowning in booze has increased and the evidence is in the calls of inquiry made to NRC by the expats which has increased from 35 last year to 150 this year. He however admits that little is known about the size or needs of the booze-fuelled problem in the UAE expat community.

Counselors and recovering alcoholics describe the scenario as an expat social scene saturated with alcohol, topped up at the weekend with Friday brunches. A social activity unique to the UAE, these brunches offer unlimited food and alcohol for prices ranging between Dh200 and Dh1,000.

“A number of Dubai residents are drowning in booze, unable to keep their heads above the surface,” says a counselor.

Interviews of expatriates on Dubai’s drinking scene showed the call for last drinks was much in demand. However, plenty of expats are enjoying a taste of the tipple on offer without going overboard.

The scenario in Dubai

Dubai being a country where Islamic religion is dominant, alcohol laws just like in any other country in the Middle East are quite strict. There are designated areas for drinking and when a person is found drunk in public that might attract a hefty fine or even a jail term. This I believe is done with an intention to reduce the rate of drinking but on a close look it does more harm to those who are already addicted to alcohol as they find it hard to seek help openly.


Dubai has strict alcohol laws, only allowing drinking in designated areas. Getting caught drunk in public can lead to a fine and even a jail term. Over the past years alcoholism has been a growing problem in the UAE and reports from the National Rehabilitation Centre states that 5.3% of deaths are alcohol or drug related, with a considerable amount of hidden users. The setting up of the National rehab Centre may help some people to get help mostly the local Emiratis may benefit from the NRC but to save the executives and the professionals there is much to demand that cannot be offered by the NRC due to the fact that most professionals seek help in anonymity that can’t be offered by the same government that is their employer and that is where private rehabs come in. the private rehabs will not only offer anonymity but will also personalize treatment to suit every professional enhancing effectiveness.

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Alcohol Addiction among Executives and Professionals Is a Growing Problem in Dubai