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Old 07-11-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, Va
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If they are taking away the Qatar bid they should give it to another country that never hosted. Every country should be given a chance to host.

Most concerns are about:

1- Weather: air conditioned stadiums in Qatar
2- Treatment of Women: Being a woman in Qatar: Qatar expat forum
3- Beer/alcohol: not banned in Qatar
Expatriates living in Qatar can buy alcohol via a permit system. It is also available in licenced restaurants and hotels which may sell alcohol to adult, non-Muslim customers in restricted areas.

The Qatar Distribution Company is the sole importer and retailer of alcohol in the country. They run two shops which are the only places where alcohol can be purchased. They offer a wide range of beverages and a permit is needed to make a purchase. Any alcohol bought must be hidden from view and taken straight home. The amount of alcohol that a person can purchase each month depends on their salary.

Alcohol permits are administered by the Qatar Distribution Company and application forms can be obtained at their shop. A permit must be shown to enter the shop. A letter, written in English, is needed to apply for an alcohol permit. If the letter is written in Arabic it is usually accepted if it is accompanied by a stamped translation. The letter must be addressed to the Qatar Distribution Company, be stamped and signed by an authorised person within the company, and include the following information:

The applicant's position within their company
The applicant's basic salary. The word 'basic' must be used. To get a permit a minimum salary is needed (4,000 riyals or 1,100 US dollars)
Whether the applicant receives an accommodation entitlement or has free accommodation
Whether the applicant is married
When applying for a permit an individual must fill in an application form, pay a returnable deposit and state their religion
The following additional documents are also required:

A passport, or equivalent identification (a photocopy is acceptable)
A residence permit (a photocopy is acceptable)

And as I said Budweiser will enforce Qatar to allow alcohol in the stadium
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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It's an Islamic country, where alcohol is generally forbidden. That shouldn't be that much of a surprise if you have any understanding of Islamic culture. You have to understand that not every country is Westernized.
Sorry but you are the one who has come off with no understanding.

Many Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, ban alcohol all together but Qatar is a bit more liberal as far as laws go. Its a common joke within the Arabian Peninsula that kids of Saudi aristocrats go to Qatar for vacation so that they can drink. Please try to not horridly generalize an entire region and come off as "enlightened" while doing so.

We have enough of that on the board already.

Also if some of you do this thing called "research" many of you will find that Qatar is planning to create specific fan zones for the consumption of alcohol.

Overall though I cannot defend the bid. This could have the potential to be a massive disaster and corruption is very evident.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:48 PM
 
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Sorry but you are the one who has come off with no understanding.

Many Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, ban alcohol all together but Qatar is a bit more liberal as far as laws go. Its a common joke within the Arabian Peninsula that kids of Saudi aristocrats go to Qatar for vacation so that they can drink. Please try to not horridly generalize an entire region and come off as "enlightened" while doing so.

We have enough of that on the board already.

Also if some of you do this thing called "research" many of you will find that Qatar is planning to create specific fan zones for the consumption of alcohol.

Overall though I cannot defend the bid. This could have the potential to be a massive disaster and corruption is very evident.
Yeah, I had read/heard that Qatar is somewhat alcohol tolerant.

Glad to read they're planning to create a fan zone for booze consumption. By the same token, I hope they're also planning to set up an ISIS-free zone for the infidels:

ISIS to FIFA: Cancel the World Cup or We'll Bomb It | Vocativ
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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If it's held in the US, the summers are pretty brutal. There will be some complaints especially in the South.

Unless all the games are held in Southern California. Lol
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Old 07-11-2014, 05:05 PM
 
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If it's held in the US, the summers are pretty brutal. There will be some complaints especially in the South.

Unless all the games are held in Southern California. Lol
Hey, hey . . . now you'ze tawkin!!!

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Old 07-11-2014, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Castlederp
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It would be no worse in the US than most other countries, though.

Germany 2006 was in the middle of the hottest summer on record in most of western Europe with temperatures reaching 40C/104F

Similarly 2002 was during hot conditions.

Spain, Italy etc have held the competition in stadia in Seville and other southern cities where temperatures average 36C/98F

As long as you don't hold it in Phoenix or places like that
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:21 PM
 
Location: The Middle West
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What was the point of Qatar winning the bid? It's obvious the bid was mired in corruption. Qatar is too small, they have to build new stadiums, the heat is too much and their laws too strict for an influx of rowdy soccer fans.

It's just their rulers way of securing a prestigious tournament for their ego. Its costing lives and ruining the game of football.
The exact same thing can be said about Brazil, a country where homicides in each city have broken 2000 a year, and these aren't from gangs or wars, these are from people just murdering each other right off the street. I can't imagine the riots that there will be in Brazil before the Olympics as well...
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: The Middle West
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If it's held in the US, the summers are pretty brutal. There will be some complaints especially in the South.

Unless all the games are held in Southern California. Lol
It's pretty hot in the north too. It gets up to averagely 85 to 95 degrees, if not more, even in the midwest and northeast.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:43 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Pls no Qatar. The country is becoming known for oppressed workers/slaves and religious zealots. Give it to a better country
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:28 PM
 
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The exact same thing can be said about Brazil, a country where homicides in each city have broken 2000 a year, and these aren't from gangs or wars, these are from people just murdering each other right off the street. I can't imagine the riots that there will be in Brazil before the Olympics as well...
The favelas are bad but Brazils economy has skyrocketed too. It's just not reaching the hardest hit. I don't think Brazil needed to bribe anyone. People really wanted it there. Its Brazil! What ppl didn't like was FIFA and the Brazilian govt sidelining the people.
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