19 June, 2006

Bebida: Alcohol home delivery?

Today Gulf News has included a separate flyer advertising a company called BEBIDA, offering home delivery for drinks, including Alcohol. A case of Merlot for example for AED 514.-.
What's this all about? Who is sleeping here, the guy at the Economic Department or the printing press?
Even if the wine is so called "alcohol free" which doesn't really exist at all, there would still be an alcohol content of at least 0,5%.
What's next?
A home delivery menu of prostitutes?

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was outraged by this blog so I just had to see it for myself. I checked Gulf News, 19 June 2006 edition and I cannot find this advertisement. Can you specify where you saw this? and when? If this is true it is unbelievable!

Tim Newman said...

What's wrong with home delivery of alcohol?

Anonymous said...

I also checked and I could not find a seperate flyer from "Bebida". Is this a company in Dubai? This must be a joke....

Anonymous said...

Home delivery of alcohol in a Muslim Country, you don't know what is wrong with that???? This only encourages Muslims to drink which leads to a whole realm of other problems like those in the western world. We all know that you don't really have to have a liquor permit to buy alcohol in UAE. After all who's really checking as long as you have the cash. Home delivery will only make it that much easier to be a go astray from our islamic beliefs.

Tim Newman said...

Home delivery of alcohol in a Muslim Country, you don't know what is wrong with that????

In a Muslim country which permits non-Muslims to purchase alcohol from licensed stores, no. A home delivery system simply makes a legal service more convenient.

We all know that you don't really have to have a liquor permit to buy alcohol in UAE. After all who's really checking as long as you have the cash. Home delivery will only make it that much easier to be a go astray from our islamic beliefs.

Then the problem lies with Muslims buying alcohol, and the authorities should make sure the licensing system is enforced properly. A home delivery system is not the problem here, it is Muslims who want to break the law, and authorities who do not enforce it.

hallodubai said...

it is a separate flyer, similar to those Pizza-Menus, if you know what i mean. The whole story is not a joke I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

the majority of the uae citizens are againt alcohols presence in the country (to start with). so now they are actually providing home delivery ?

utopia doesnt exist. in almost every system theres a backdoor where people can get around to do what they wanna do IF they know the right person. In this country, every other person is "the right person". we dont want our people exposed to this! we can teach our kids we can guide them, but with so much influence, we can never know what they are doing behind our backs. so why make things super easy ?

its bad enough many can easily fake their IDs, or sneak alcohol thru somebody cheap that wants a few measly dirhams

Anonymous said...

Guys,

Open ur eyes, it is very easy to have alcohol delivered home. of course you need to have the right telephone numbers.

This has been going on for many year. For someone who lived in Dubai for three years i felt it was the worst kept secret amongst expatriates who did not have the paper work to buy alcohol from the official outlets.

Now it looks like this company Bebida has decided to provide the same service. They feel there is alarge market which can be exploited. There is alot of money to be made.


Please dont forget Dubai is all about making money.

Tim Newman said...

the majority of the uae citizens are againt alcohols presence in the country (to start with).

I am sure that this is the case, but until there is a system of democratic representation in the government here, the wishes of the many are always going to be ignored. Oddly, nobody seems that keen on democracy either though.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that this is the case, but until there is a system of democratic representation in the government here, the wishes of the many are always going to be ignored. Oddly, nobody seems that keen on democracy either though.

yes you have a point. all we can do is complain about the rules we dont really like, because you have no voice to change things. democracy doesnt exist in our country .. but maybe democracy isnt the way to go at the moment. emaratis form the minority here, and the country wants whats best for the majority ..
besides we are still a young country. it has always been about sheikhdoms around this part of the world, not everybody will accept the sudden change.

note: if another country takes a step towards deminishing the consumption of alcohol, it would be considered a positive step. but if this happens in an islamic country, its considered oppression and lack of freedom of choice etc..

Tim Newman said...

if another country takes a step towards deminishing the consumption of alcohol, it would be considered a positive step. but if this happens in an islamic country, its considered oppression and lack of freedom of choice etc..

Heh! Good point.

Although personally I abhor all types of government interference into private life. I dislike the efforts by Western governments to restrict alcohol consumption just as much as I dislike the efforts by other governments to outlaw it completely.

secretdubai said...

Home delivery will only make it that much easier to be a go astray from our islamic beliefs.

It's called self-control. Just because I have a kitchen knife to hand and am in a fiercely bad mood, doesn't mean I start violating my own moral code of Thou Shalt Not Murder.

fellow atheist said...

I'm not sure why everyone needs a permit to buy alcohol. I've never had a problem making my run to Ajman every couple of months. I stock up, but a bottle could gather dust before I even look at it -- I rarely drink, unless there is an occasion.

This would definitely be a nice service to have. I would rather not drive to Ajman. I definitely don't want to pay someone money, go through paperwork, just to get a license so I can visit my local MMI.

I'm not sure why anyone would have a problem with this. Simply don't call. Had this been a liquor store opening up in a family residential area, I can understand people going up in arms saying they don't want that kind of stores here. The same way you would have dry counties in the States.

Anyone got a phone number to give those guys a call and see if they're for real? I could use a couple cases of beer for the 16s of the world cup finals!

J. Edward Tremlett said...

"What's next?
A home delivery menu of prostitutes?"

I'll drink to that.

Bloglingo said...

I don't see the big deal here. Maybe the delivery system should be that alcohol will only be handed over to above 21 year old non-Muslims. Problem solved.

Keefieboy said...

Apparently Sheikh Rashid used to say 'There's the mosque, and there's the bar. You choose'. Couple of points on this discussion: the stuff being delivered is non-alcoholic - it will have residual alcohol content, but then so does bread.

'Locals don't want to have alcohol in this country': not judging by the numbers I see in the bars around Dubai. 'It should be banned': and just watch the tourist industry collapse within a year.

Harsha said...

A. didn't get the flyer

B. the license costs 150 dhs in turn for which u get store credit at MMI.

Anonymous said...

Whats wrong with you ppl.

Its a non alchoholic drink

Anonymous said...

to those people who don't know how to read english...
the product is a NON ALCOHOLIC !!!
that means it has NO ALCOHOL.... so please when write something here please write something and about stuff that make sense... because talking about non-sense stuff is a waste of time....

secretdubai said...

Although personally I abhor all types of government interference into private life. I dislike the efforts by Western governments to restrict alcohol consumption just as much

Well for me it's rather like smoking. The amount of money wasted in the NHS through alcohol-related illness and accidents gives the goverment a legitimate reason to try and control it. If people are prepared to pay for their own emergency care after driving home blotto and totalling themselves into a lamppost, fair enough.

Anonymous said...

actually non alchoholic beer or wine does have a small amount of alcohol. Home delivery is available on the internet from RAK, but sorry I have lost the address can anyone help me get in touch with this delightful institution.

Ali Bazzi said...

In response to "Home delivery of alcohol in a Muslim Country, you don't know what is wrong with that???? This only encourages Muslims to drink which leads to a whole realm of other problems like those in the western world."

Are you naive enough to believe that the western worlds problems of drunkenness, rape, murder, homosexuality, thievery, slander, prostitution, sex slavery and other offenses aren't a problem on any other part of the world? Perversion does not come from alcohol and if it is against your beliefs to drink it then be strong enough to stay away from it instead of deciding what is right for others as well.

Anonymous said...

Could someone please tell me the phone number of the alcohol delivery?? I NEED A SHUT¡¡¡
Im desperate.

Anonymous said...

Just someone post the dam-number. It up to you whether drink in moderation or get drunk.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, grow up.
people like you behave similarly to children whose parents have taught them that saying "shut up" is an unforgiveable sin and everytime someone says "shut up" you start crying and whinging and shouting at them for being bad.
So yes, grow up. Don't order alcohol to your house, don't say shut up if you like but please stop whinging about something as silly as that.
You might also want to get off the internet and get a job and/or get married. Do something with your life you cry baby.

Anonymous said...

To everyone that's been asking for the number,
Bebida is a REAL home delivery service that delivers all sorts of things from groceries to mobile phones, they regularly distribute brochures on a door to door basis. They unfortunately do not have a website but their number is fairly easy to get a hold of. I highly doubt they actually deliver alcohol although I don't see the harm.

Anonymous said...

www.bebida.ae
no alcohol delivery

Anonymous said...

do u think that muslims are not drinking or they cannot drink? just go the ajman liquor shop.even muslim laides come and buy and take home! where are u living?? days gone off my dear! they were and are as same as any other community with no extra balls!

Srini said...

Did you guys even go and check the details....those bottles mentioned are non alcoholic drink..you freaks...wasted everyone time discussing this... BEBIDA delivers non alcoholic drink..check their website...search for Brut...or Merlot drink... and read the description before you post a blog... shame that one writes a blog without verifying...

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