World Cup host Qatar to introduce 100% booze tax

From The Business Times

Above picture: Tournament organisers in Qatar have said alcohol will be available for fans in designated areas, but not in public spaces, out of respect for the country’s traditions. PHOTO: AFP 

Originally posted on TUE, JAN 01, 2019 – 6:54 AM

[DOHA] World Cup 2022 host Qatar is to introduce a 100 per cent tax on alcohol from January 1, a government official confirmed on Monday.

The “sin” tax is being introduced just weeks after the conservative Muslim Gulf state announced in its annual budget statement that it would introduce a levy on “health-damaging goods”.

The policy was revealed by the Qatar Distribution Company, the country’s only alcohol store, in a 30-page list of new prices for beer, wines and spirits, citing the introduction of a 100 per cent “excise tax”.

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