ALCOHOL will be served in selected areas within stadiums and fan zones at the World Cup in Qatar, CEO Nasser Al Khater has confirmed.
The World Cup is being held in a Muslim country in the Middle East for the first time – and the consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam.
However, it has been confirmed that drinks can be bought in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
A 40,000-seat fan zone is one of the areas where fans can drink after the strict rules are eased.
Al Khater told BBC Sport: “We want people to come and have experiences that they will never forget.”
According to Fifa, ticket holders will have access to drink options at the stadium before kick-off and after the final whistle.
Ticket holders can also purchase non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks.
But CEO Al Khater says they are still “finalizing our alcohol strategy and will announce additional locations in due course.”
He added: “While alcohol will be available for those wishing to have a drink in designated areas, it will not be openly available on the streets.
“What we are asking is that when people visit, they stick to these designated areas.
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“We are incredibly excited to welcome the world to Qatar, the Middle East and the Arab world.
“It will be the first opportunity for many people to see and explore the region.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are determined to seize it to the fullest.”
Licensed hotel bars and restaurants are the only places in Qatar that normally sell alcohol.
Gareth Southgate’s England team will be staying at a five-star alcohol-free hotel in the recently expanded fishing village of Al Wakrah, 10 miles south of Doha.
Souq Al-Wakra is a dry hotel, although non-alcoholic mocktails are available.
The £62-109 a night luxury hotel was also deliberately chosen with a beach to recreate the relaxed England vibe they had in Russia 2018 where they reached the semi-finals.
England start their World Cup group stage against Iran on November 21.
An appointment against the USA follows on November 25th.
An all-British clash with Wales will end Group B on November 29.
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