FIFA 2022 World Cup Host Qatar Introduce '100 Per Cent' Alcohol Tax
In news that will be of great concern to anyone wanting to be at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Middle Eastern country have just introduced a 100 per cent tax on alcohol.
The Gulf state, who are hosting the next big festival of football, announced a "sin tax" in a bid to crack down on "health-damaging" goods.
The price of alcohol was already pretty steep but the crazy new hike has seen it double.
The 2022 World Cup host Qatar introduced a 100% alcohol tax last night. Meaning the price of all beer, wine and spirits has now doubled. As a reference point, A 24 crate of beer will now cost in the region of £82.73 and can only be bought with a alcohol permit.
- Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) January 1, 2019
World Cup 2022 host Qatar has just introduced 100% alcohol tax. Price of all beer, wine & spirits doubled overnight. Happy New Year
- Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 1, 2019
Ahead of 2022, Qatar just introduced 100% tax on alcohol. 24 cans of Heineken now costs $105 / £82. Poses challenges for drinkers at World Cup, especially as bags are scanned on entry to country. Also an issue for official sponsor Budweiser and for what happens in Doha fan zones. https://t.co/c4j1jhG7IG
- Prof Simon Chadwick (@Prof_Chadwick) January 1, 2019
As reported by Sky News, a one litre bottle of gin will now set you back 304 Qatari riyals (£73.25), while anyone wanting a 24-pack of beer cans of their choice will have to fork out 384 riyals (£82.73).
The price of a bottle of wine isn't as hefty with all things considered, with 750ml of South African Shiraz poised to cost 86 riyals (£18.53).
With flights, tickets and accommodation taken into account, going to a World Cup is a very expensive trip and it's even more costly now.
As per the Foreign Office, people are not allowed to drink in public because of the country's traditions, though it's noted that alcohol is available at licensed hotel restaurants and bars with a permit.
Those organising the tournament, which will take place in the winter to avoid extreme temperatures, say alcohol will be available for fans in designated areas such as fan parks.
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