Qatar to impose 100 percent tax on alcohol

A computer generated image of the Lusail stadium for the World Cup 2022 during the unveiling of its design in Doha

A computer generated image of the Lusail stadium for the World Cup 2022 during the unveiling of its design in Doha

It has been described as a "sin tax" and was imposed by the conservative Muslim Gulf state as a levy on "health-damaging goods".

The Ministry of Finance said this in a statement last month: "The Selective Tax law is created to impose taxes on certain health-damaging goods and it will be implemented by the beginning of 2019".

If you want a drink in Qatar you can expect to be paying through the nose after a 100 per cent tax was introduced.

"The law includes a 100% tax on tobacco and its products and energy drinks, and a 50% tax on sugary drinks".

The tax increase was revealed when the Qatar Distribution Company, the country's only alcohol store, released a statement on social media yesterday (1 January).

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Booze prices were already high - and following the changes, a one litre bottle of gin will now cost 304 Qatari riyals (£73.25), while a 24-pack of beer cans will cost 384 riyals (£82.73).

The levy will result in staggering prices, for example a 100cl bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin will now cost $93 and a 75cl of Shiraz wine from South Africa will be sold for $23.

Drinking is allowed in licensed bars and clubs in Qatar, but is banned outside.

Unfortunately, the next World Cup will be in the winter time, and as frustrating as that is, there's even worse news for anyone who was planning on making the trip over to Qatar.

Tournament organizers have said that alcohol will only be available in designated spaces during the event.

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