Qatar 2022: what are the rights of women and what is the dress code for tourists
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the choice of Qatar in 2010 to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 sparked a debate and there was strong controversies over the situation of women and of the minorities that continue to this day, just days before the start of the sporting event. But how do women live in Qatar and what are their rights?

Qatari women are linked to a reference man, usually their father or brother or, in the case of being married, to their husband. This causes women to live under a system of male guardianship, without having the right to make key decisions about their lives such as getting married, going to university, leaving the country, receiving health services or taking a taxi.

With this guardianship system, Qatari women also have no decision-making power over their children. Although they share custody with their husband until the age of 13 if he is a man and at 15 if he is a woman, then the guardianship falls on the father.

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On the other hand, once married the woman must obey her husband and may lose financial support if she chooses to travel, work or deny having sex.

Regarding the divorce, men have a unilateral right while women must apply to the courts for limited reasons.

Qatari dress code

Clothing is a very important issue for the Islamic countryso when packing your suitcase to travel to Qatar you have to take a couple of things into account.

Although the country’s authorities have expressed that they do not expect tourists to wear the same clothes as its inhabitants, there is a list of things that must be met regarding the dress code.

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No plunging necklines or off-the-shoulder tops or blouses may be worn. Neither can dresses or shorts be worn above the knees.

Pants may not be ripped or torn and topless on the beach is prohibited. In addition, the use of the traditional veil that covers the head is mandatory in case of visiting a mosque or government building.

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