The legendary Shakira is not signing for the FIFA World Cup 2022 opening ceremony. Several singers took a stand against the strict Qatari government rules.
She is not the only artist who has refused to perform in the inaugural ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, starting from 20 November until 18 December.
The opening ceremony of one of the most awaited championships in the world is scheduled to start at 17 hours local time. Although the Colombian singer won’t be performing, there were will some well-known artists like Nicki Minaj, Jungkook of BTS, Jason Derulo, Sean Paul, Nora Fatehi, Clean Bandit, and more.
Shakira Will Not Perform In FIFA World Cup 2022
The ‘Waka Waka’ singer Shakira will not be on the stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, happening in Qatar.
The Colombian singer renowned as the “Queen of Latin Music” was among the listed candidate to perform in the opening ceremony of the World Cup happening in Qatar, starting on 20 November.
Shakira was invited as the guest performer but received heavy criticism while knowing she was on the list. As a result, she backed herself out of the list of artists who would be on the stage.
Although the actual reason she stepped out remains absent, many believe it is because of the treatment of LGBTQ+ people by the host nation. However, as mentioned by Marca, she might have some role in other events of the World Cup, although not having any in the inaugural.
Along with her famous English pop singer and songwriter, Dua Lipa also made it to the list of performers refusing to stage. However, unlike Shakira, Lipa posted a reason on her social media for her absence from the world event.
Dua posted on her social media that she had never reached the point of negotiation as she was stuck with the decision from the beginning. The English singer added she would like to visit the country after it fulfills all the human rights.
Rod Stewart was also one of the artists responsible for the performance, but he turned it down, explaining it is not right to go to a country with such values and ideas they uphold. He also revealed he was offered over a million dollars to be on stage, but the artist kept his principles high.
Qatar Has Strict Laws For The FIFA Fans Visiting From All Over The World
The football fans visiting Qatar to watch the FIFA have to follow the country’s strict rules. Anyone violating the nation’s regulations must face legal actions, including hefty fines and jail time. Around more than one and a half million are expected to visit the hosting nation during the match.
Fans are prohibited from different actions, including getting drunk in the street. In addition, people should be aware of LGBTQ regulations as it is not accepted there. Further, there are norms for what an individual can wear and bring into the country.
Alcohol Laws Everyone Visiting Qatar Should Know During The World Cup
After FIFA confirmed that beer is banned in the stadium of the World Cup just 48 hours before the kick-off of the event. Additionally, the sale of booze is also not allowed in the arena after the pressure of the royal family.
The government of the hosting country has made it clear that the football fans found drunk in the street might have to serve jail time for up to six months or be penalized with hefty fines.
According to Qatar’s strict rules, no one is allowed to drink booze in public except in a few places. But the security will have relaxed supervision during the tournament. However, if those individuals are found vandalizing property or getting into brawls, they will be severely punished by law.
No one is allowed even to purchase duty-free drinks, as the importation of alcoholic beverages is illegal. Security will seize it at the airport if anyone tries to bring it inside the country.
Adding to all rules and norms, it is not that people will not be allowed to have a beer which they will find in the designated fan zones in Doha. But there is a limit for an individual to how much one can buy. In addition, the legal drinking age of the hosting nation is 21.
As mentioned by the Daily Mail, the security personnel in the bars and clubs tend to ask for a passport or ID before letting someone in.
Qatar Strict Rules Against LGBTQ
In Qatar, LGBTQ acts are considered immoral, and same-gender relationships are not allowed under Sharia law. The rules are so strict that could event a judicial execution can be issued. Prison for up to seven years and hefty fines are most common in that situation.
But the organizers of the World Cup have insisted everyone is welcome despite their preference partner without fear. A month earlier, the Qatar World Cup ambassador Khalid Salman addressed in the media sexuality except for straight ones as ‘damage in the mind.’
Although the rules do not allow it, but during the event, LGBTQ couples can openly hold their hands, cuddle and kiss. In addition, FIFA requested the Interior Ministry to keep the officers from arresting those community supporters in the World Cup.
There Are Laws For Outfits Too
The Arab nation has asked visitors to dress decently. As most women in the country are dressed in abayas, the long dark robe covering their entire body, the nation wants tourists to get dressed modestly.
But they have requested the visitors to wear at least clothes covering their shoulders and up to their knees. Those found wearing sleeveless tops around major shipping complexes, markets, and government buildings will be turned away.
Those who want to wear a bikini can do that in the pool in the hotels. Like most women in the country, fans do not have to cover their hair.
Other Things Tourists Cannot Take To Qatar
Like in any other country, contraband narcotics are illegal in Qatar, with a long time in prison. But besides that, pork products and religious books are also not allowed in the country.
Any 18+ intimacy products, including intimate toys, will be scanned, and contraband will be seized in the Hamad International Airport Arrival hall if it’s restricted.
In addition, the country law has also banned the sales of electronic cigarettes, vapes, liquids, and similar products. So, those traveling there must be sure and know what they are carrying with them.