By Angu Lesley
The Director of the 2022 World Cup to be staged in Qatar, Nasser Al-Khater, has announced that Alcohol will be made available for consumption during the competition to run later this year.
He made this public on “Road to 2022 Fan Journey Update” this Morning in Doha, capital city of Qatar.
“The sale of Alcohol will be allowed in Qatar in specific areas…We want people to come and have experiences they will never forget.”
“We are still finalizing our alcohol strategy and additional locations will be communicated in due course,” Nasser continued.
Stadium and fan zones will serve as one of these places to provide alcohol rather than the streets as the country is strict on not bridging their rules.
“While alcohol will be available to those who want a drink in designated areas, it will not be openly available on the streets.
“What we ask is that when people visit, they should please stick to these designated areas,” the CEO added.
The World Cup is set to take place in the Middle East, a Muslim country for the very first time and their religion prohibits the consumption of alcohol and so the smuggling of Alcohol into the country is strongly forbidden.
Licensed bars, hotels and restaurants are the only places in Qatar usually permitted to sell alcohol.
The main 40,000-capacity fan zone is one of the areas where fans can purchase alcohol but will only serve alcohol after 6.30 p.m., despite some games kicking off early in the day so that children who may be in this area during the day, avoid alcohol.
This made very clear, the Director insisted on their readiness to host the World event.
“We are incredibly excited to be welcoming the world to Qatar and the Middle East and Arab world.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are determined to use it to its fullest.”
Aside from pleasing the public with the news of having beer during the competition, Nasser Al-Khater also addressed the critics who think that Qatar should not host the world cup.
“The host nation has received a lot of unfair criticisms which are not based on the reality,“ he said.
According to him, Qatar has made things even more easy for their guests, as testified by the sale of 2.45 out three million earmarked tickets for the tournament . The last phase of sales will continue later this September.
“No visa is required for entry to Qatar. Hayya cards will do and can be used for multiple entries,” Nasser al Khater, CEO FIFA World Cup made this clear at the Lusail Stadium on Thursday, September 8.
With the use of the Hayya cards provided, children under the age of 12 will be privileged to travel for free, one card holder can invite three other persons to Qatar. They all can choose to enter the country as many times as possible.
The tournament kicks off on November 20 and will run till December 18, 2022.
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