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Can English fans drink in Qatar?  Fans will be served alcohol ‘in certain areas’, stadium organizers confirm


England fans will flock to the World Cup in just over two months after the Three Lions book their place in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s side will be among the favorites in football’s biggest competition, which will be the first to take place in an Arab country.

Football fans should know the drinking rules if they travel to Qatar

England fans, having discovered their opponents in the group stage, will fly out to support the Three Lions will be reminded that they are visiting an Islamic country and must respect their rules and customs.

With that in mind, will supporters get a chance for a celebratory beer if football finally returns home? talkSPORT.com has the info…

World Cup 2022: Can fans drink in Qatar?

Alcohol is not illegal in Qatar, but there is no tolerance for drinking in public and being drunk in public is a crime.

Alcohol is available for purchase for those over 21 at restaurants and bars in licensed hotels.

There is also a single, state-controlled off-licence, but any visiting fan should be aware that they need a permit in order to purchase alcohol from it.

The rules are expected to be relaxed somewhat during the World Cup, with organizers working on a deal to make alcohol more readily available.

Qatar may have relaxed its rule on alcohol but it remains very strict on drug use and there are no exceptions for foreigners.

If England fans are caught smuggling cocaine into the country, they could face the death penalty.

They are more likely to be arrested and thrown in jail, but the threat of death is very real for fans trying to smuggle cocaine into Qatar for the World Cup.

Can English fans drink in Qatar?  Fans will be served alcohol ‘in certain areas’, stadium organizers confirm

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Fans have been implored to drink in moderation if they are at the World Cup

World Cup 2022: will alcohol be served in the stadiums?

Fans were assured they could buy a drink in a 40,000-seat fan zone in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Fifa has also confirmed that ticket holders will have access to alcohol within the stadium perimeter before and after matches. However, only non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks will be available in the stadium bowl.

“We want people to come and have experiences they will never forget,” CEO Nasser Al Khater told BBC Sport.

Qatar experienced a “wet zone fan” in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup which was ultimately won by Liverpool.

Fans were allowed to consume alcoholic beverages at a venue just outside Doha and following the successful trial, Al Khater said additional locations “will be communicated in due course”.

Can English fans drink in Qatar?  Fans will be served alcohol ‘in certain areas’, stadium organizers confirm

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Don’t expect to see scenes like this from Jack Grealish if England win at Lusail

World Cup 2022: how much will alcohol cost?

A pint of beer in Doha, where the group stage matches will be played, costs around £10 as the Muslim country invokes alcohol taxes.

Yet organizers are also working to subsidize drinks and ensure they are more readily available to fans during the tournament.

“Alcohol is not part of our culture,” admitted Nasser al-Khater, the chief executive of the 2022 World Cup, in 2019.

“However, hospitality is. Alcohol isn’t as readily available here as it is in other parts of the world, but for the World Cup we want to make sure it’s accessible to fans who want a drink, so we’re trying to find designated places for fans to drink alcohol, other than traditional venues such as hotels, etc.

“We recognize that there is a problem with the price and it is something that we are looking at. We are looking to find ways to reduce the price of alcohol.



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