By Paul Yarden | 18 DEC 2019
Before you pack your bags and hit your local Duty Free, it’s important to remember that it’s prohibited to bring alcohol into Qatar. Some exceptions exist – if you fly with Qatar Airways, alcohol is served on flights; in the country, alcohol is available in predesignated areas such as hotels and clubs.
While always keeping in mind the importance of respecting local traditions and customs, Qataris have been showing understanding in return. For international football fans, Fan Zones set up for the FIFA Club World Cup serve alcohol at 20 Riyal (about $5 USD) per pint, which was by far the cheapest we found in.
Private Clubs, such as the Doha Golf Club, have alcohol available at 45 Riyal per pint (about $11 USD); if cider is your drink of choice, a large bottle of Irish Magners (660 cl) will set you back around 60 Riyal ($15 USD).
Most of the major hotels have bars where alcohol is available which require photo ID for entry. Prices vary, but I’ve found that they are generally more expensive than one would expect back home. A pint of beer is around 50 Riyal (about $12.5 USD).
The hotel bars are very luxurious and feature large screen TV’s broadcasting live sports. The best view in town is from the top of the 256-meter-high Kempinski Hotel, which offers a stunning panoramic view of Doha.
Trader Vic’s Tahiti Bar at the Hilton Hotel, West Bay offers stunning views of Doha Bay with great food to compliment your beers with.
Please remember to respect the local customs and traditions when it comes to alcohol (or anything else for that matter), and behave in a respectful manner.