No alcohol sales permitted at Qatar’s World Cup stadium sites – Fifa
The announcement comes two days before the World Cup’s opening match on Sunday. This is the first World Cup to be staged in a devoutly Muslim nation with strict alcohol consumption laws.
A Fifa spokesperson said in the statement: “Following discussions between host country authorities and Fifa, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the Fifa Fan Festival, other fan destinations, and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s Fifa World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters.”
Three hours before and one hour after each game, Budweiser, a major World Cup sponsor owned by the brewer AB InBev, was to sell only alcoholic beer inside the ticketed perimeter surrounding each of the eight stadiums.
The statement claimed that the tournament’s organizers “appreciate AB InBev’s understanding and continuing support to our collaborative commitment to cater for everyone throughout the Fifa World Cup.”
Gianni Infantino, the president of Fifa, Budweiser, and representatives of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), which is hosting the World Cup, have been in lengthy negotiations that resulted in the change in policy, a source with knowledge of the talks told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.
The Middle East and South Asia, where drinking is less prevalent in culture, are sending more fans to the event, according to the source.
The assumption was that having alcohol around would make things less enjoyable for many fans.
Still available within the stadium hospitality is alcohol.
Since Qatar earned the right to host in 2010, concerns have been raised about the role that alcohol will play at this year’s World Cup. Although Qatar is not a “dry” state like its neighbor Saudi Arabia, it is nonetheless against the law to drink in public areas there.
Even from the duty-free area of the airport, visitors cannot bring alcohol into Qatar, and the majority cannot purchase it from the lone liquor store in the nation. Some hotels include bars where you can purchase alcohol; a half-liter of beer costs about $15 there.
According to the source, Budweiser will continue to sell alcoholic beer at the major Fifa Fan Fest in the heart of Doha, where a half pint costs roughly $14. Some additional fan zones will also sell alcohol, while others will not.
“Fans can select the location of