Qatar 2022 World Cup: beers will be served in public bars

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England fans on the go should enjoy the World Cup cheer as Qatar will allow bars to serve beer in public.

The Middle Eastern country is normally alcohol-free but will relax its rules for the 2022 World Cup.

Thousands of fans making the trip to the Gulf State will be able to enjoy a pint at unique beach bars that will be set up, the DailyMirror reports.

The bad news is that a drink can cost an absolute fortune, with a pint of Stella Artois costing £11 in hotels, while Qatar only has one off license and you need a permit to buy there alcohol.



This is good news for England fans who will travel to Qatar later this year.

The booze news came hours after England learned their first-round opponents would include the United States and Iran.

The team will also face the winner of a play-off between Wales, Scotland and Ukraine.

Berthold Trenkel, COO of Qatar Tourism, told The Sunday People: “There will be alcohol available in more places.

“We are going to open beach clubs where beer will also be available. Fans will also be able to purchase beer from kiosks once inside the stadium perimeters.

But he added that only non-alcoholic beer will be available inside.



The booze news came hours after England learned their first-round opponents would include the United States, Iran and a play-off winner (stock photo)
The booze news came hours after England learned their first-round opponents would include the United States, Iran and a play-off winner (stock photo)

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Fans were urged to avoid intense sessions and respect local traditions as Qatar has strict rules on audience behavior.

Spurs fan Fil Sollof, 57, booked his flights last week and welcomed the alcohol ruling.

“Getting a beer at a beach club sounds like a great idea. The vast majority of England fans will totally respect the rules and traditions of Qatar.

“Now that the draw has been made, I’m really excited and I think England have a great chance.”

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