Now that the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar is here, millions of fans across the globe are visiting the beautiful Doha, the capital of Qatar. This prestigious sporting event is not only a football tournament with just simply watch soccer games, fans cheering for their teams, players proudly kicking their way to greatness and love for their country, it’s also an international celebration.
However, this 2022 World Cup is unlike any before. This is the first FIFA World Cup in the Muslim nation – so the celebration of fans here will be restricted. Here, we will give you the five things you must do and not do inside the Qatar 2022 World Cup bubble and just make sure to visit for daily live soccer today.
1. No beer allowed!
Way back in 2014 Brazil, the Brazilian government was forced to change its federal laws to make adjustments and allow alcohol to be sold and drunk in the stadiums before the nation hosted the 2014 World Cup. But in Qatar, we saw a drastic change and will not allow fans to have an access to beers at all matches and in all eight stadiums. However, fans can still drink alcohol at special World Cup gathering spots, or at the licensed restaurants, bars, and hotels around the country. The Qatari government had some pesky restrictions for alcohol consumption, which is considered illegal in this Arab nation — with an offense that can bring a punishment of up to six months in prison and a fine of $800. If you smuggled alcohol in the country, you can be sentenced to up to three years in prison.
2. Religious restrictions!
In Qatar, the cohesively dominant Islam country, it is considered criminal if someone patronizing other religions and criticizing Islam. So, it is safe to assume that you cannot practice your faith during the World Cup, you might possibly face criminal charges. According to a report from the U.S. Agency, stated that “Qatar allows some non-Muslim religious practice in designated areas like Doha’s Religious Complex, but all faiths are not accommodated equally.” In addition, fans can’t bring pork meat or products inside the country as it is also considered eating pork meat is a sin in Islam.
3. No topless or shirtless, fans must cover up!
Qatar has crazy heating temperatures that causes the date of the World Cup to be pushed to November and December instead of summer – fans are restricted or limited on how much skin they show and must be attentive to wearing proper clothes. Dress code in various public places requires that “both men and women must cover shoulders, chests, stomachs, and knees, and that tight legging be covered by a long shirt or dress,” according to the State Department.
4. Public speeches are restricted!
Football fans just always be careful in expressing themselves in public places in Qatar, some expressions or speech that aims critically at the Qatari government might lead you to a prison cell. Insulting one another, yelling, singing obscenities at one another, or open conflicts can bring you big problems. An advisory video by the US State Department said that “… arguing with or insulting others in public could lead to arrest.”
5. Female fans are subjected to many restrictions!
The Qatari Government is always subjected to public outrages because of its unequal and harsh treatment towards the members of the LGBTQIA+ members and to the women. Homosexuality is criminalized here. Visitors can also face harsh punishments if they commit “indecent acts and the act of sexual intercourse outside of marriage,” according to the State Department citing Qatari General law. If a fan goes to Qatar to watch the World Cup live, she should prepare to show a marriage or document if they need prenatal care or extra and special assistance.
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