Doha - Soccer World
Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are to introduce a 100 percent tax on alcohol from
January 1, 2019 a government official confirmed on Monday.
The "sin" tax is being introduced just weeks after the conservative
Muslim Gulf state announced in its annual budget statement that it would
introduce a levy on "health-damaging goods".
The policy was revealed by the Qatar Distribution Company, the
country's only alcohol store, in a 30-page list of new prices for beer,
wines and spirits, citing the introduction of a 100 percent "excise
The list was widely shared on social media and showed drinks doubling
in price overnight, as it detailed charges which come into effect from
When asked if the document was genuine, a government spokesperson told AFP: "it is true".
With the new levy, a 100cl bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin will now
cost 340 Qatari riyals ($93, €81, R1 334) and a 750ml of Shiraz wine from
South Africa will be sold for 86 riyals ($23, €20, R330).
A 24-pack of Heineken 330ml beers will now cost 384 riyals ($105, €92, R1 515).
It is legal to buy alcohol in Qatar with a permit, and also to drink
in licenced bars, clubs and hotels - although drinking in public is
The issue of alcohol is likely to be a sensitive subject in the run-up to the World Cup in four years' time.
Tournament organisers in Qatar have said alcohol will be available
for fans in designated areas, but not in public spaces, out of respect
for the country's traditions.