As the World Cup is currently taking place in Qatar, tourists have been made aware of certain behaviors considered normal in other countries, but which could get them in trouble in Qatar.
The conservative Gulf country is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup from November 20 to December 18, 2022.
There have been debates about whether members of the LGBTQ community have the freedom to express themselves in the country. Moreover, the debates around alcohol began after the sale of all alcoholic beers in the eight World Cup stadiums was banned on Friday November 18, just two days before Qatar 2022.
Tourists traveling in the country have received several warnings about what is acceptable and what is not.
A guide to social norms and etiquette in Qatar has been published by Expatica to arm tourists with information.
According to the guide, gestures such as giving a thumbs-up and using your finger to point someone at you can result in legal penalties.
See other gestures deemed unacceptable in Qatar.