Qatar: Pork sales stir emotions, muslims whine, as usual

by Kal El on February 7, 2012 · 19 comments

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Having lived in Qatar for two years, 2003-2005, I witnessed first hand the (typical) hypocrisy of most muslims living in the country. They want alcohol banned from public places, but not because they are devout or religious. They want to corner the black market, as I saw in Kuwait, where the number one bootleggers were members of the royal family.

Qatar cooks up a storm over pork sales

The decision by Doha’s only off-licence to start selling pork products in December has resulted in online controversy, with expatriates and locals split on the surprise move by the retailer.

Accessible only to non-Muslims with an alcohol licence, the QDC store in Doha began selling packets of sausages and bacon from QR28 ($7.6) in the run up to Christmas. The move was welcomed by many pork-loving expatriate workers, with stocks reportedly selling out in a matter of hours.

“It’s very good news,” one resident told the Qatar Living website, while another hoped this would be the start of a wider roll out of pork products to other outlets across the city.

“Good move! But still hope that Qatar someday will follow the same as in DUBAI & OMAN where there are NON-MUSLIM section in SPINNEYS & AL-FAIR respectively in which pork products are available,” another reader commented.

While there were reports QDC may increase its supplies in the wake of the popularity of the produce, or even open a second store, some observers have said the ban on pork products should be reinstated.


“They should not sell it. It only appeals to some expatriates in Qatar, albeit a tiny percentage of them, and like any country in the world it is reasonable enough to expect some degree of respect for the local laws and norms. Qatar is a pretty liberal place any ways, and the people who do eat pork, will not be giving up too much in other ways by not eating it,” one commentator said.

The move has been condemned by others who see it as a step too far and an insult to the local Muslim population. “What’s next? legalization of abortion in Qatar??” said one outraged reader, while another online opponent of the move has set up a ‘Stop Pork in Qatar’ online group.

The only other venue pork is available to buy in Qatar is the American Military Base, but this is only available to American military personnel.

The backlash against the sale of pork comes as it was revealed restaurants and bars on Qatar’s flagship Pearl development have seen revenues slump by more than 50 percent in the wake of a new ruling banning the sale of alcohol to customers.

Outlets on the manmade island off the coast of Doha were told on Dec 12 they could no longer serve booze to guests in what is seen as a display of tension between Qatar’s Muslim culture and its largely expatriate population.

Managers of restaurants located on the popular tourist spot said they had received no explanation for the ban or any indication on whether it might be lifted in the future.

“Every restaurant on the Pearl is banned [from selling alcohol],” said Sumeet Jhingan, country manager for Foodmark, the hospitality arm of retail giant Landmark Group. “We don’t know if it is indefinite, there was nothing in writing or communicated to us as to how long it is going to last.”

Qatar has shot to fame in recent years, thanks in part to an ambitious investment strategy that saw it snap up trophy assets such as Harrods, and stakes in Barclays, J Sainsbury’s and the London Stock Exchange.

The wealthy Gulf emirate in 2010 won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, the first Arab country to do so. Doha has pledged to spend some $88bn on infrastructure and hotels over the next decade as it gears up to hold the world’s most-watched sporting event.

But the country’s rapid modernisation has raised fears among the local population that Qatar’s national identity could be diluted by the influx of expatriates and foreign investment.

Qatar Airways, Doha’s flag carrier, is currently the subject of a Twitter campaign that calls, in part, for a ban on serving alcohol on its flights in line with Islamic values.

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  • SirWilhelm

    Islam creates 7th century cultures in a 21st century world. Clashes are inevitable. Pork is consumed in huge amounts daily in the non-Muslim world, with no visible ill effects. It’s hard to justify the ban on pork, under those conditions. People can’t help but wonder if there are really spiritual consequences, when they don’t see any physical consequences. People wonder why the “gods” wait until they are dead, to punish them for eating pork, when they see hunger and even starvation, all aorund them. Islam doesn’t make sense, in the modern world.

    • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

      I eat pok products every day (either bacon for breakfast or a ham sandwich) to protect myself. It acts as an arselifter repellent. If one ever bothers you, just spit on them. Spit is najis. If you tell them you also ate pok, that should be enough to really make them freak.

      • SirWilhelm

        I eat pork just about every day too. Just because I like it. Fortunately, there are few arse lifters where I live, but, I ride the bus more often lately, and I see too many of them when I do. For some reason, they seem hostile when they look my way, could it be the dirty looks I give them? I did see a woman totally covered not too long ago. She had the most beautiful blue eyes. I seemed to understand how the covering actually enhanced her allure in a certain way. I found myself wondering if the rest of her was as beautiful as her eyes. And I thought, what a shame it was, she couldn’t share her beauty with the world, as nature intended.

        • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

          Sit behind her and slip some pok on her. ;-)

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    That cute PINK PIIG  in the Geico commercials must drive the Muz crazy, what am I saying, they already are crazy – the PIG makes them ballistic.  Piggy goes wee, wee, wee all the way home.  LOL  The Muslims are such freakin’ baby brats.  No one is impressed by their Form Of Insanity.

    • Anonymous

      I get the biggest kick outta that!

      • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

        I do too:  Great minds.  My dog on here likes it as well.  GRRRRRRRRRRR 8T.

        • Anonymous

          Great Minds laugh and think alike!

          • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

            Yes, not like corrupted minds at all.  Those Muslim minds are the worst  Who could think up what all they contrive.  Unreal!!!!!

    • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain
      • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

        Yes it is.    Here is my post I just put on.  hahahaha
        I love the Piggy – thanks Geico! One thing about it, that little Pink Pig could scare any Muslim away – which is even better! You go Piggy, darling.
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        • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

          I replied to you there and pointed out that insurance is also haram to the koranderthals. So the ad would be doubly offensive to them. ;-)

          • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

            Great!  Tks for the info – like to be in the know.  Wish I knew more about all this crap – all I’ve learned is from you guys on IAC.  Keep up the good work.

          • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

            It’s not that hard. I just picked it up as I went along. Although that’s been happening for a while. There’s a list of the najis things on the net somewhere.

            Here’s one -

            http://www.al-islam.org/laws/najisthings.html 

            allah’s fractions is another good one -

            http://alisina.org/who-taught-allah-math/

  • hellosnackbar

    The Qataris are amongst the most progressive of the Gulf states.
    It will be to their disadvantage if Mohammedan influence gets more of a grip.
    Allah and Mo deserve the boot!

  • hellosnackbar

    The Qataris are amongst the most progressive of the Gulf states.
    It will be to their disadvantage if Mohammedan influence gets more of a grip.
    Allah and Mo deserve the boot!

  • CMartel

    After reading this I’m going to have a BLT for lunch and wash it down with a brewski.

    • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

      Good idea.

  • http://www.emenac.com/outsourcing/call_centre_service/ call center service

    Unbelievable . Is this really happening in the Muslim and Arabic country. That reason of doing this is very strong.