Qatar is a relatively conservative country – but extremely welcoming. Hospitality is a cornerstone of local culture and everybody will be welcome in Qatar during the FIFA World Cup 2022™
Qatar 2022 is the first FIFA World Cup to be held in the Middle East and the Arab World. Over a million fans will visit the region over the course of the tournament – many will experience Arab culture and traditions for the first time.
Qatar is a relatively conservative country – but extremely welcoming. Hospitality is a cornerstone of local culture and everybody will be welcome in Qatar during the FIFA World Cup 2022™.
People can generally wear their clothing of choice. Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting public places like museums and other government buildings. Swimwear is commonly worn at hotel beaches and pools.
While international visitors and residents wear a wide variety of clothing styles, Qatari citizens usually wear traditional attire. Visitors are welcome to wear traditional Qatari clothing if they choose to.
Qatar has a very family friendly culture. Children are welcome in almost all premises, including restaurants, malls, cultural establishments and fan zones, all day and late into the evening.
Alcohol is not part of local culture, but hospitality is. Alcohol is served in licensed restaurants, bars and hotels, and will be available in additional locations during the tournament, including the FIFA Fan Festival (after 6:30pm).
Drinking alcohol outside of designated areas is prohibited. Fans should also note that it is not permitted to bring alcohol into the State of Qatar. Fans should avoid travelling with alcohol from their country of origin or purchasing duty free products en route to avoid confiscation upon arrival into Qatar.
Public displays of affection
Public displays of affection are not part of local culture, but making new friends and celebrating together are.
When taking pictures, common courtesy should be exercised and fans are advised to ask permission before photographing/filming members of the public.
Qatar has an optional tipping culture. It is common to carry cash to provide a discretionary tip for services such as hospitality.
The first day of the week is Sunday and the weekend is Friday and Saturday.
Access to services
Friday is Holy Day in Qatar and access to services is limited. Banks and other services usually close in the morning before reopening after midday. Some supermarkets and pharmacies will be open 24/7.
For fans in need of support from their Embassy, the International Consular Services Centre, located at the Doha Exhibition & Conference Centre, will operate daily, 10am – 10pm, from 1 November until 20 December.