Getting a beer has never been easy in Qatar. But buying a six-pack will now set you back at least $26, thanks to an alcohol tax that went into effect on Tuesday.
Many countries have tried to regulate alcohol consumption by making drinking expensive. But Qatar, a predominantly Muslim country that has long had strict limits on the purchase and consumption of alcohol, has essentially doubled the cost overnight.
A 100 percent tax, calculated on the previous sales price, has been imposed on all alcohol imports, the country’s sole liquor retailer, the Qatar Distribution Co., told customers in a letter.
This brings the price of a 24-pack of beer to 382 Qatari riyals, or about $104, and a 1-liter bottle of gin to 304 riyals, according to news reports.
New York Times