Culture clash? Conservative Qatar preps for World Cup party

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  • Some foreign fans fret about how Qatar will handle hordes of drunken hooligans in the streets, given the nation’s public decency laws and strict limits on the purchase and consumption of alcohol.
  • On the Instagram accounts of fashion models and superstars last month, the sheikhdom of Qatar looked like one glittering party.High-heeled designers descended on exhibition openings and fashion shows in downtown Doha.
  • In an effort to diversify away from a carbon-based economy, Qatar’s ruling family bought up stakes in things ranging from global finance and technology to the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain and London real estate.
  • The ruling emir’s sister, Sheikha Al Mayassa Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, became one of the world’s most important art buyers.
  • “It’s normal for us to worry when we see these kinds of people.”World Cup organizers say everyone is welcome during the tournament.
  • “The government will stand its ground on certain issues, and the population will fall in line.”Al-Kuwari, the citizen, was blunter.“There is fear,” he said.
By ISABEL DEBRE Associated PressOn the Instagram accounts of fashion models and superstars last month, the sheikhdom of Qatar looked like one glittering party.Highheeled designers descended on [+6341 chars]