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Qatar’s emir wants World Cup visitors to respect his country’s culture



World Cup – Final Draw – Doha Exhibition & Convention Center, Doha, Qatar – April 1, 2022 Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during the draw REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Qatar hopes to welcome the world to Doha for the soccer World Cup but also “we expect and we want people to respect our culture”, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday in Berlin when asked about gay people attending the tournament.

The Gulf, Muslim-majority state will host the first World Cup in the Middle East for a month from late November.

Hotels that are on the official list of recommended accommodation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are required to welcome guests in a “non-discriminatory manner” or face termination of contracts, FIFA said earlier this month.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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