Re: Not on the list of places I'd consider for a gig
"getting something to enjoy at home is pretty much impossible (though Oman and Dubai allow you to bring in duty free)"
If you mean Oman, no it's not, you've been fed bad info. I know of at least 8 off-licenses and my £160 a month alcohol license allows me to buy that for home consumption, not including the bars!
Anyway, must nip out to buy a joint of pork from Al-Fare for xmas dinner... cya!