The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar. In 92 years, this is the first time FIFA will be hosted in an Arab nation, Qatar.

Since alcohol is restricted in Islam, Qatar has strict rules around alcohol. Alcohol is only served in licensed hotels, restaurants, and bars. Consuming elsewhere may lead to a fine of 3,000 Qatari riyals (£720) or up to six months in prison. Nevertheless, Qatar had exempted regulations of Alcohol at Qatar WorldCup 2022 only during the tournament.

Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on Qatar’s new policy to serve alcohol at the FIFA World Cup to see what public opinion is about the alcohol-related regulations at Qatar FIFA World Cup. Following are the results.


  • 56.85% of respondents are aware about alcohol at Qatar WorldCup 2022.
  • 48.65% agree with alcohol-related regulations made by FIFA.
  • Nearly 70% respondents plan to visit the tournament

Qatar Agrees With FIFA To Serve Alcoholic Beverages During the Tournament

The survey on alcohol at Qatar WorldCup 2022 starts with a poll about Qatar relaxing alcohol-related regulations announcement. The survey shows that 56.85% say that they have heard about the announcement, 22.20% say yes, but not in detail, and 20.95% say no.

Figure 1: Most are aware of FIFA’s policy on alcohol at Qatar WorldCup 2022

The next survey asks if people agree with FIFA’s policy. The rules are that ticket holders will have access to Budweiser beer within the stadium perimeter, before and after the games, and at the official fan festival. Next, only non-alcoholic Budweiser Zero and soft drinks will be available inside the stadium bowl.

Survey responses show that 48.65% agree with both regulations, 13.90% agree with the first regulation, 13.31% say that organizers should serve only non-alcoholic drinks to everyone, and 10.54% disagree with all of the above and state that they should not serve any kind of drink.

Do You Plan to Visit Qatar for the Tournament?

The survey shows that 67.48% of the respondents wish to visit Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, whereas 32.50% are uninterested.

respondents on visiting Qatar for the tournament
Figure 2: Statistics from respondents on visiting Qatar for the tournament

Moreover, 41.51% reported that they would visit the tournament to watch the match and support their country, 17.20% reported that since it is the first World Cup hosted in an Arab country, they would like to visit, 10.10% were eager to visit to experience the World Cup held in winter for the first time, and 9.42% stated that since Qatar is located close to where they live, they would visit.

The next survey asked if alcohol was allowed entirely in Qatar, would you still be visiting. 47.31% replied yes, whereas , 52.69% responded no.

What Do You Think About Alcohol at Qatar WorldCup 2022

The final survey asked, since Qatar restricts purchasing alcohol outside of licensed hotels, restaurants, and bars, do respondents support or oppose the exception to host the 2022 World Cup. The report shows that 42.80% answered that they support it. Still, the foreigners who visit to see the World Cup should be accounted for. 16.71% say they support and stated that they are against the Islamic culture where alcohol is banned, and 12.60% noted the same as before. Still, it should be allowed for the sake of alcohol companies’ sponsorships.

Figure 3: What respondents say about alcohol at Qatar WorldCup 2022

Whereas 12.78% opposed it because the Islamic cultural identity should not be damaged by engaging in the World Cup, and 13.76% opposed drinking being a distraction to watching the game.


Survey TitleSurvey on Qatar’s new policy to serve alcohol at FIFA World Cup
DurationSeptember 18- September 25, 2022
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.