“There will be no alcohol consumption on the streets, squares and public places and that is final”, Qatari officials said.
Qatari officials have banned alcohol in streets and other public places during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the country’s capital, Doha, organizers said Tuesday. Officials in the Gulf state are also seeking alcohol bans in World Cup stadiums during the tournament.
Alcohol will only be allowed in far-away places. There will be no alcohol consumption on the streets, squares and public places and that is final.
While alcohol is not strictly illegal in Qatar, consumption and sales are restricted because it’s a Muslim country. Foreign nationals living in Qatar can apply for licenses allowing them to drink, and hotels are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages.
It is, however, illegal to be intoxicated outdoors, which is where the World Cup ban comes in. Qatari officials have also expressed concerns over the relationship between alcohol and soccer-related violence.
Officials added that Qatar is against the provision of alcohol in stadiums and their surroundings, adding that Qatar would not bow to pressure to alter its laws for the tournament.