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Monday, March 02, 2009

Qatar Nightclubs: Members Only Please

Getting a drink in Qatar may no longer be so easy for the thirsty foreigner.

New rules in Qatar Clubs mean that membership is now often a requirement for a hard drink.

According to the hotels:“From March 1 there is no such thing as a ‘guest’ at a nightclub in Qatar”.

Qatari women will not be allowed in the clubs - nor anyone wearing national dress.

The rules were put in place after discussions with the Ministry of the Interior.

It also means that employees newly arrived in the country will have to wait until they have an id card before they can join a club or obtain an alcohol permit.  

This process can sometimes take weeks. 

Which means for those who like a stiff drink, the only option may be a stiff upper lip.

Check out our bar reviews or rate bars yourself on our Qatar bars and Clubs page.