First, take a look inside the cramped fan villages at the World Cup in Qatar

Qatar has inaugurated the first of its “fan villages” where tens of thousands of fans will be crammed as the tiny nation becomes the first Muslim country to host a World Cup in just two weeks.

Images of the Al Emadi fan village show what appear to be hundreds of shipping containers laid out in the desert, but are actually prefabricated hotel rooms that can sleep up to 60,000 people — with up to two in each cabin.

Interiors are spartan with either two single beds or one double bed, toilet, mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Restaurants and other catering facilities are located within the broader camp, along with screens for people to watch matches.

However, organizers have been at pains to remind traveling fans of the country’s strict Sharia laws, which prohibit the sale of alcohol outside of specially licensed venues such as restaurants, hotels and fan zones at certain times – which fan villages appear not to cover.

More than a million people are expected to attend the small desert peninsula – which has a population of just 300,000, excluding expats and migrant workers – during the tournament, which will last almost a month from November 20 to December 18.

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But scenes that normally accompany the world’s biggest sporting event – shirtless fans bogging down the days in public squares and gymnasiums – will be largely absent when people are warned to cover their shoulders and knees in public in order to to become sober if their behavior is deemed too loud.

Alcohol is only served and drunk in licensed hotel restaurants and bars in Qatar. Non-Muslim residents of Doha who hold a liquor license can buy drinks from specially licensed establishments to drink at home, but it’s illegal for everyone else.

At the World Cup, fans will be able to purchase Budweiser beer on stadium grounds before and after matches – but not at the indoor concession stands. Fans can also have an evening drink at a designated “fan zone” in downtown Doha. In general, public drunkenness in Qatar is punishable by heavy fines and imprisonment.

But the head of Qatar’s security operations said police will turn a blind eye to most crimes during the tournament but may make arrests if someone gets into a drunken brawl or damages public property.

The legal drinking age is 21, and bouncers in bars often require photo ID or passport upon entry.

Qatar is one of the most restrictive nations in the world when it comes to drugs, banning cannabis and even over-the-counter drugs like narcotics, tranquilizers and amphetamines.

Selling, trafficking and possession of illegal drugs can result in severe penalties, including lengthy prison terms followed by deportation and large fines. Drug smuggling can be followed by the death penalty.

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Qatar considers the cohabitation of unmarried women and men a crime and uses so-called indecency laws to punish extramarital sex – but has said it will make exceptions for visitors traveling to the World Cup.

Public displays of affection are “frowned upon,” according to the government’s tourism website. Holding hands won’t get you jailed, but visitors should avoid showing intimacy in public. Qatari law provides for a prison sentence of one to three years for adults convicted of consensual gay or lesbian sex. Crossdressing is also criminalized.

The Qatar government’s tourism website urges men and women to “show respect for local culture by avoiding displaying overly revealing clothing in public”. It asks visitors to cover their shoulders and knees.

People in shorts and sleeveless tops may be turned away from government buildings and shopping malls. Women who attend mosques in the city are given shawls to cover their heads. However, bikinis are common at hotel pools.

Showing the middle finger or swearing, especially when dealing with the police or other authorities, can lead to arrest. Most crime cases in Qatar that trap unwary foreigners involve such crimes.

Many Qatari women and men will not shake hands with the opposite sex, with the advice to wait until a hand is offered before extending your own.

Filming and photographing people without their consent, as well as photographing sensitive military or religious sites, can result in criminal prosecution.

Visitors are also advised to exercise caution when discussing religion and politics with locals. Insulting the royal family can land you in jail.

Few Qataris will welcome criticism of their system of government from a tourist. Spreading fake news and harming the country’s interests is a serious and vaguely defined crime, so it’s best to stay away from social media commentary on Qatar.

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Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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Brian Ashcraft

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