Qatar welcomed the new year by implementing a 100 percent tax on alcohol, doubling prices overnight and sending the cost of a 12-pack of beer jumping to $78.
The increase has been branded a “sin tax” by some residents of the wealthy Gulf state as it targets products widely prohibited under Islamic law.
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It was introduced by Qatar’s General Authority of Customs on Jan. 1, and applies to tobacco products, energy drinks and pork — with 14 oz. of bacon now costing $15. A 50 percent tax has also been levied on soft drinks.
Only foreign nationals are permitted to drink in Qatar, with alcohol available at some high-end hotel bars and restaurants as well as a single store on the outskirts of Doha.