Qatar Doubles the Price of Alcohol Overnight


The hosts of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has implemented a massive tax on alcohol, doubling the price overnight.

The country introduced ‘sin tax’ on January 1st and the latest announcement was that a 100 per cent tax would be introduced which resulted in long queues of consumers stocking up on alcohol.

The Muslim Gulf state announced just weeks ago that it would introduce a levy on health-damaging goods.

Here are some of the new prices,

  • a 100cl bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin will now cost 340 Qatari riyals ($AU135)
  • a 75cl of Shiraz wine from South Africa now costs 86 riyals ($AU34)
  • a 24-pack of Heineken 330ml beers now costs 384 riyals ($AU152)
If you’re headed to Qatar for the World Cup you should know that drinking in public is illegal however it is legal to buy¬† alcohol with a permit and to drink in licenced bars, clubs and hotels.

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