The organizers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup sought to make clear their plans for the distribution of alcoholic beverages in the areas surrounding the stadiums.
During the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, there will not be any sales of alcoholic beverages within a certain distance of the stadiums “will be “no different” from previous World Cups and will take place “as per usual” in the rest of the country, the CEO of the tournament promised on Thursday. He was speaking about the rest of the country.
“Regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages inside stadiums, I believe there is a common misunderstanding. During a press conference held in Doha 73 days before the beginning of the sporting event, Nasser Al-Khater insisted, “We work like any other World Cup.”
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During the competition, which runs from November 20 until December 18, beer stalls will open around the stadiums three hours before the start of each match and remain open until thirty minutes after the conclusion of each game. After the final whistle has blown, they will then reopen for customers for another hour.
restrictions in the “fan zone» from Doha
To a large extent “fan zone” of Fifa constructed in the city, of Doha, consumption of alcoholic beverages would not be allowed until 6:30 p.m. “because it will attract families,” the Fifa official said. Al-Khater said.
“This time limit does not apply to any other fan zones or hotels selling alcohol, where everything will go as normal,” he was quite clear about that.
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Non-Muslim citizens of Qatar, a predominantly Muslim country known for its strict religious practices, are restricted to purchasing alcohol at a single government store as well as approximately thirty hotel bars and restaurants. Outside of these establishments, drinking in public is frowned upon and is not tolerated under any circumstances.
In many nations, including France and Great Britain, there are regulations in place that limit the selling of alcoholic beverages inside such stadiums.
More than 1 million visitors expected
In addition to the sale of alcoholic beverages, supporters of the 31 nations that qualified for the tournament, in addition to the host nation, are concerned about the availability and pricing of lodging in the small Gulf emirate.
The director general of the Supreme Organizing Committee, Yasir Al-Jamal, said to himself, “100% safe that everyone would find accommodation in Qatar. The emirate had also decided to authorize each holder of match tickets to come accompanied by a maximum of three people from their entourage, even without tickets. This decision was made by the director general of the Supreme Organizing Committee.
During the competition, the country of Qatar anticipates receiving between 1 and 1.2 million guests.