2020 and 2022


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be a hard one to see happen. The reason being that the country itself is still recovering economically from the fall of the dollar. Yes the US dollar had an impact on the Japanese economy. But if it can be pulled off it may be an interesting thing. Depending on how the events are scheduled and what technology is being used at the time.
One unique point being that the Olympics are now being allowed to venture out of the hosting city. This may be a positive or a negative depending on who you are. Positive for the Olympics as it will allow for a much larger event but a negative for the locals who will see their lives put into harder situations having to flip the bill for stadiums and transportation that outside of the Olympics will have a much smaller use value. This can be seen back to the Japan Korea World Cup with places like the Toyota stadium.  But we shall see.

On the flip side Qatar 2022 World Cup should not happen. Aside from the fact that the event must be held out of season due to the temperature there is the safety concern.  Especially since Qatar solves matters with the use of Sharia Law. Well pasted below is an exceprt from the Qatar Website.  As a foreigner if I was attending the World Cup there I would pay attention to the Modest dress code and the drinking and smoking code especially the drinking in public. Then you have the public displays of affection and such.  Also the insulting of being rude or expressing negative opinions. Remember to insult Muhammad and or Islam is a big no no.  Lest we forget the lessons of Charlie Hepdo, Dutch Cartoonists, etc. I for one will not be attending or watching them as I will not support a country that bases their laws around goat herder ideology.

Smoking / alcohol / drugs

Alcohol consumption in Qatar involves several restrictions. Luxury hotels can sell alcohol to their adult non-Muslim customers. However, expatriates will have to obtain a permit to purchase alcohol for personal consumption. To obtain a permit, a letter from employer, signed and stamped by authorized person in the company, stating your position, basic pay, accommodation, religious affiliation, marital status, valid passport, residence permit and a deposit are required.

The Qatar Distribution Company is permitted to import alcohol, and operates the only liquor stores in the country. Alcohol can also be purchased on-premises of certain clubs and hotels. Drunken driving, public intoxication and other alcohol-related offenses are taken seriously and can result in imprisonment, fines, or even deportation.

Penalties for possession, use and trafficking in illegal drugs, are severe in Qatar, and offenders will have to undergo long-term imprisonment and pay heavy penalties.

Behavior / Dress code in Qatar

Islam and tribal traditions form strong foundation for Qatar’s customs, laws and practices. Expatriates are expected to be sensitive to Islamic beliefs and practises. Qatar does not permit dressing in a revealing or provocative manner, including wearing of sleeveless shirts and blouses, halter tops and shorts. Western bathing attire is acceptable only at hotel pools and beaches.

Incidents such as getting involved in foul language/gestures or insults can often result in arrest, overnight imprisonment, and/or fines, irrespective of whether the incident occurs between private parties or officers of the law. Insulting somebody in public is also considered a punishable offense.

Homosexuality is illegal considered a criminal offense in Qatar, and those convicted may be subjected to lashings, imprisonment and/or deportation. Also, intimacy in public between men and women, including teenagers, can lead to arrest.

Islamic Law (Sharia)

Expatriates in Qatar will be subject to Qatari law, which is heavily predicated upon Islamic Law, involving heavy penalties which would be considered a misdemeanour in any European state. Violators of Qatari law may be subjected to a ban until the dispute is settled, which can take months for settlement. Local authorities may detain anyone considered to be potential witness, and the relatives of persons of interest, for the entire duration of investigations, without charge or access to legal counsel. Once arrested, the Qatari police will not be in a position to release a suspect until ordered to do so by the Public Prosecution and Court Service.

Women’s Rights

Women in Qatar may vote and run for public office. Women in Qatar hold leadership positions in several ministries / supreme councils. Women are allowed to go out and drive without any male companion. Although, Qatari women wear the abaya, there are no formal restrictions for expat women, although dressing modestly is a must.

Religion

The Qatari government uses Sunni law as the basis of its criminal and civil regulations. Religious tolerance is guaranteed to a certain extent. Expatriates are allowed to affiliate with their faiths, and are allowed to follow Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Bahai, provided, they are religious in private, and do not offend public order or morality.

Religious practice and religion are sensitive issues in Qatar. Hence discussing religious matters in public should be treated with care and sensitivity. Proselytizing is illegal in Qatar. Qatari law considers it inappropriate to attempt conversion of a member of one religion into another, or sharing one’s faith with a person of a different faith. Such practices are considered as violations of Qatari law, and may involve deportation or imprisonment.

Also, charitable activities of any kind require approval from Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities (QACA).

Crime

Qatar is comparatively a trouble-free nation, with low incidence of crime. However, it is better to be aware that there is the threat from terrorism that is otherwise seen in the region.

There have been occasional verbal and physical harassment against expatriate men, or unaccompanied expatriate women. Reports of petty theft are not very frequent, but, travellers are cautioned not to leave valuables such as cash, jewellery, and electronic items in unsecured hotel rooms or unattended public places.

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