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Qatar hotels do not want 2022 World Cup gay tourists

Qatar hotels do not want 2022 World Cup gay tourists
Qatar hotels do not want 2022 World Cup gay tourists
Written by Harry Johnson

The LGBT+ rights groups have repeatedly expressed strong concern at how same-sex couples might be treated in Qatar since the country was awarded hosting rights to the World Cup in 2010.

Gay rights concerns came as part of a flurry of criticism at FIFA’s decision to nominate a nation which has also faced accusations of abuses of migrant workers’ rights while they built the required stadia and infrastructure.

A group of European investigative journalists has just released the results of a recent independent investigation in which they found that there remains a high degree of animosity and outright hostility regarding same-sex couples when it came to booking hotel accommodation in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. 

During their investigation, journalists from state broadcasters in Denmark, Sweden and Norway posed as gay newlyweds planning their honeymoon when attempting to book a room at 69 hotels on FIFA’s official list of recommended providers.

Despite FIFA stating that everyone from all walks of life will be welcome in Qatar when the World Cup kicks off in November, three Qatari hotels on FIFA’s list flatly refused bookings from same-sex couples citing Qatari laws that render homosexuality illegal, while twenty others have demanded that gay couples refrain from any public displays of affection.

The remaining hotels on FIFA’s list apparently had no issues accepting reservations from same-sex couples, according to the joint report by Norway’s NRK, Sweden’s SVT and Denmark’s DR.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the body tasked with arranging the World Cup, are aware of the findings of the report and said that while Qatar is a ‘conservative country’, they are ‘committed to delivering an inclusive FIFA World Cup experience that is welcoming, safe and accessible to all.’

Commenting on the investigation, FIFA also declared that they remain confident that all ‘necessary measures’ will be in place by the time the World Cup begins in November.

“FIFA is confident that all necessary measures will be in place for LGBTQ+ supporters so that they, like everyone else, can feel welcome and safe during the championships, they said.

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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  • I am a French / American, having spent multiple stays in Qatar. I am currently im Doha for a few days. Some of our team members are gay and have found no animosity at any point. Tonight, we ate at Nobu where two tables of gay gents were being loud and funny. Not a peep from anyone an no heavy looks. About PDA, the country is conservative and does not promote making out in public, regardless of the genders involved.
    I came to Qatar full of negative given ideas but have since embrassed the traditions and values of this society, starting with the role of women.
    This article refers to 3 out of 69 hotels with reserves on the topic when told openly about sexual preference. I really do not see a big deal with this. Let’s focus on the positives behind the first event of this magnitude in the Arab World. Let’s give up on the cliches and welcome the opportunity to exchange and have our own opinion.

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