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World Cup fans find booze at hotels, Qatar's 1 liquor store

Dec. 05, 2022 07:04 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — In a dusty neighborhood on the outskirts of Qatar's capital, guards stand duty at a gated compound ringed with razor wire, carefully checking passports and permits before allowing anyone inside. But this isn't a prison or a high-security area associated with the ongoing World...

World Cup fans put off by prices, beer limits commute by air

Nov. 24, 2022 13:33 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Travel at this World Cup was supposed to be easy in the tiny host nation of Qatar, after fans had to take long flights between cities at the last three tournaments. The eight stadiums in Qatar are in or near the capital, so fans don't have to go too far to get to...

EXPLAINER: Islam's ban on alcohol and how it's applied

Nov. 20, 2022 13:06 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Just two days before the World Cup opener, host nation Qatar banned the sale of beer at stadiums in a sudden U-turn that was criticized by some and welcomed by others. Qatari officials have long said they were eager to welcome soccer fans from around the world to...

Where to get a beer? Bars packed amid Qatar's alcohol limits

Nov. 20, 2022 11:09 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Chris, a British fan in Qatar for the World Cup, tried to order a beer with his dinner at a kebab joint on Sunday. He was quickly rebuffed. He sighed and settled for a lemonade instead. “If I were a few years younger, I wouldn't have even come to this World...

Day before FIFA World Cup, Qatar faces overcrowding troubles

Nov. 19, 2022 16:18 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Authorities turned away thousands of fans Saturday night from a concert celebrating the World Cup beginning the next day in Qatar, revealing the challenges ahead for Doha as it tries to manage crowds in FIFA's most-compact tournament ever. Disappointed fans took...

World Cup opens with host country Qatar facing Ecuador

Nov. 19, 2022 09:23 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Given the level of focus on the Qatari regime, its attitudes toward human rights, immigrant workers, the LGBTQ community — and beer — the World Cup host’s soccer team has slipped under the radar. Qatar opens the tournament against Ecuador on Sunday, but...

FIFA head says fans 'will survive' without beer at World Cup

Nov. 19, 2022 08:12 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino downplayed Qatar's last minute ban on the sale of beer at World Cup stadiums as nothing more than a brief inconvenience to spectators. “If this is the biggest problem we have, I’ll sign that (agreement),” Infantino said...

High-rolling World Cup fans will get alcohol at stadiums

Nov. 18, 2022 14:47 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — For a price, there will be plenty of Champagne, whiskey, vodka and even sommelier-selected wines available for fans at World Cup stadiums in Qatar. And beer, too, for this exclusive group of high rollers. At a cost of $3,000 per ticket, fans will...

World Cup fans ready to celebrate despite stadium beer ban

Nov. 18, 2022 13:18 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Flag-draped fans poured into Qatar on Friday ahead of the Middle East's first World Cup as organizers banned the sale of beer at stadiums — a last-minute decision that stunned FIFA sponsor Budweiser but was largely welcomed by the country's conservative Muslims and shrugged...

Ramsdale hoping team makes up for World Cup beer ban

Nov. 18, 2022 12:23 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — With beer sales banned at World Cup stadiums in Qatar, England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is hoping his team can lift the spirits of soccer fans in other ways. Like by winning matches. “Hopefully with them not being able to drink, we can perform...