World Cup beer prices in Qatar cheaper than cost of a pint at Winter Wonderland
World Cup beer prices in Qatar are cheaper than the cost of a pint at Winter Wonderland.
Football fans were shocked before the tournament to find out the prices for alcoholic beverages in Qatar, which are understood to set them back £11.60. However, that is in fact 30p cheaper than the cost of a pint at London's annual Winter Wonderland Christmas festival in Hyde Park.
A pint of Bavarian Gold in the Bavarian Village at the festival will set punters back £11.90 per drink, amazingly costing more than the extortionate prices paid by supporters at the World Cup.
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It had been hoped that fans in Qatar would be able to buy beers for between £5 and £7 a pint, with the prices lowered for the competition.
However, that has proved not to be the case, meanwhile, alcoholic beverages were also been banned from being sold in and around the stadiums in a last minute change.
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Qatar 2022 chief Nasser Al Khater explained, via talkSPORT: “Alcohol is not part of our culture. However, hospitality is. Alcohol is not as readily available here as in other parts of the world but for the World Cup we want to ensure it is accessible for fans who want to have a drink.
“So we are trying to find designated locations for fans to have alcohol, other than traditional places such as hotels and so forth. We recognise there is an issue with the price and it is something we are looking into. We are looking at finding ways to reduce the price of alcohol.”
Fans are still able to purchase alcohol during the tournament, though, with beers on sale at official World Cup sites away from the stadiums, including fan parks and hotel bars.
It was revealed before the tournament that hotel bars are charging up to £80 for a beer with the drinks included as part of a package allowing supporters to watch games in the establishments.
Qatari officials are also understood to have been looking to limit fans to four beers in an attempt to prevent binge drinking amongst visitors at the World Cup.
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