2022-11-24 16:25:09

Qatari officials tell fans wearing traditional Arabic dress they can't enter Doha bars

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Daily Mail
By Vivek Chaudhary

Football fans in Qatar wearing traditional Arabic robes and headdress are being asked to remove them when entering bars serving alcohol over fears that it offends locals and insults Islam.

Security staff at a number of Doha's bars have told fans that they cannot enter wearing traditional Islamic clothing to have a beer following complaints from Qataris that it is offensive to their faith.

The availability of alcohol is severely restricted in the Muslim country but it is served in bars located in four- or five-star hotels which have attracted a large number of football fans.

Popular bars amongst them during the tournament include The Red Lion, which is located in the Al Mansour Suite, the Irish Pub, in the Best Western Hotel, the Champions Sports Bar in the Marriot Hotel and Boston's in the Intercontinental Hotel.

Ankle-length robes, known as thawbs have become popular amongst those attending the World Cup who often wear them with a ghutra, traditional Arabic headdress.

The clothing is being widely sold in the team colours of the 32 nations playing at the tournament.

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