With the 2022 World Cup kicking off approaching, fans planning to travel to Qatar to witness the spectacle up close should prepare for a slightly different experience on match day: a non-alcoholic experience.
World Cup stadiums will not serve alcohol at this year’s event, according to a report by Andrew Mills of Reuters. Beer sales will be allowed outside arenas before and after certain matches, although details are not yet known.
Consumption of alcohol is not a crime in Qatar, although it is illegal to drink or be drunk in public. This presents a difficult task when organizing an event that is expected to attract over a million spectators from around the world.
There will be designated areas around the main FIFA fan zone in Al Bidda Park in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where fans will be allowed to buy beer at certain times. Other areas of the Doha Golf Club and a “patch of sand” near the delivery entrance of an unspecified hotel will be turned into places to allow alcohol consumption.
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Visitors are not allowed to bring alcohol into the country, nor to shop at the country’s only liquor store located on the outskirts of Doha. They are allowed to buy alcohol in a handful of hotels and licensed clubs.
The 2022 World Cup is scheduled to start on November 21.
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