When you decide to visit the World Cup football tournament in Qatar, it is advisable to delve into the background of the country and the customs and habits that are used. Qatar is an Islamic country and has different traditions than, for example, Western society. So read our Culture Behavior Guide, know what the customs are among the local population, and avoid surprises. Know what to expect when you arrive in Qatar to celebrate the World Cup. For example, it may be advisable to adapt to the local culture on specific points. Of course, as a guest in the country, you must fully respect the laws and regulations. Read on this page some nice to know and learn more about the conservative view of the country, and get some advice and recommendations.
Show respect and be polite
Forget the western directness if you want to ask Qatari something. Say hello and start small talk about general matters. That is important to Arabs. It is experienced as rude if you just fall into the house without saying at least ‘good morning’. Try to learn something about the culture and customs of your host country and adapt to the Qatari. Smile and say ‘Salam’ (from Assalaam Alaykum, meaning: “peace be upon you” when you enter a place. “Shukran” is thank you. Talking about family and children is fine, but try to avoid religion, politics and his wife. You can even go to jail for criticizing the Emir. It is also good to know that homosexuality is prohibited in Qatar.
Qatar is an Islamic country with a conservative dress code. Qatari men wear traditional white robes, ladies long abaya. You don’t have to wear a veil as a female tourist, but don’t go too naked on the street. Preferably no bare (upper) arms, but especially shoulders and knees, should be covered. That also applies to men. Loose pants, skirts below the knee and t-shirts are acceptable for women. Avoid shorts or skirts that are too short, low-cut tops, bare shoulders, and sheer and transparent clothing. The Qataris would like to preserve the Qatari culture and prevent their children from being exposed to so much exposure.
Enjoy your stay the Qatar way
Enjoy sun-filled days and beautiful sunsets. In the many beautiful hotels in Doha, you can relax during the day by the pool or fitness centre. You can shop in incredible great shopping malls like Villaggio. Also, enjoy the evenings in Qatar as it is one of the safest places in the world. During the hot summer and during Ramadan, Doha only comes alive when the sunsets. You see people in the city until the early hours. Don’t expect clubs with alcohol and DJs (although there are), but more beautifully lit boulevards with fountain shows (the Corniche) and festival-like areas where families gather.
Hydrate and drink enough water
Drink plenty of water in addition to other beverages. Deep yellow urine is a sign of dehydration. At temperatures above 40°C, you should drink at least two litres per day. If you go into the desert on your own, bring plenty of food and drink and make sure you have a spare tire and cables if something happens. Furthermore, it is doable: thin clothes and don’t worry too much. Apply a high factor sunscreen to all exposed skin all year round. Don’t forget to rub your feet if you wear sandals or flip flops.
Be grateful. Accept coffee and tea
During a meeting with a Qatari, tea or coffee is always drunk. The first cup that is offered to you should always be politely accepted. After the first cup, you can indicate that you do not want any more. More than three cups of tea or coffee are often seen by Qatari as eager.
Don’t do’s in Qatar – The real No, No’s
Don’t stare! It is unpolite in Qatar
However fascinating you may find the Qatari’s clothes or pretty faces, don’t stare. This general politeness is fundamental in a society where modesty in dress and behaviour is mandatory. Staring feels like an insult to Qatari.
Don’t just talk to the opposite sex
As a man, do not ask Qatari women for information. Please respect that some Arab women do not want or are not allowed to talk to men. They are more willing to help other women, so let the women do the talking! If you do business with an Arab woman, let the woman take the initiative before shaking her hand. Don’t be offended when a woman refuses.
Don’t just take pictures
Use your camera as little as possible. Don’t take pictures of people without asking their permission first. Women and the elderly should not be captured in a sensitive place. Also, be careful when photographing police officers, military personnel and public buildings.
Don’t get drunk
Qatar follows the Shariah Law, which means that you cannot bring alcohol, pornography, pork and drugs into the country. Drinking alcohol is illegal in Qatar. Only five-star hotels have licenses to sell alcohol. You can quickly pay ten to fifteen euros for a beer there. Don’t drink so much that it changes your behaviour. There is a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence, drunkenness and violent behaviour.
Overall, show manners and do it the Qatari way
When visiting the World Cup 2022 in Qatar and you are going to visit a Qatari resident, try not to show the soles of your feet or shoes. That could be taken as an insult. You are also not allowed to sit with your back to other guests. If you eat with your fingers, you don’t eat with your left hand. Also, don’t be annoyed if your appointment is late; time is an elastic concept in Qatar. One thing is for sure during your visit in Qatar during the World Cup. The schedule with football matches will be right on time and as followed strictly by plan.