If you know your football, you’re likely aware of the fact that the capital city of Qatar, Doha, has been selected as the venue for the 2022 World Cup. While the event is a good eight years way from now, the country as already started preparations for the grand event. No, they have not started building stadiums already – but they have kicked off a campaign that is targeted at foreigners who would enter the country for the World Cup, reports Yahoo. The tiny Arab nation wants them all to be “appropriately dressed” for the event.
The country seems to be increasingly bothered about the effect the huge influx of tourists would have on the country during the World Cup series eight years in the future.
Qatar, which has a strong social media presence, is all set to start a campaign called “Reflect Your Respect,” which is designed to make tourists aware of what’s allowed and what’s not in the country in terms of dressing sense during the 2022 World Cup.
One particular campaign shows several stick figures shown in various outfits with X’s beneath them – indicating that they are a strict no-no. In case you are wondering, women would be discouraged from wearing short skirts, tight fitting pants and tees. Men are being asked not to reveal their chests or go shirtless. All of these are “inappropriate” in Qatar.
The campaign uses phrases like, “If you are in Qatar, you are one of us,” and “Help us preserve Qatar’s culture and values. Please dress modestly in public places,” to put their point across.
Apart from dressing sense, tourists arriving for the 2022 World Cup would also be asked to control their behavior. Kissing and embracing in public for example is not appreciated in Qatar and the Arab world in general. Also, visitors should not take pictures of others without explicit permission. The flyers are available in English and Arabic. In fact, the social media savvy nation already has a Twitter and Instagram page devoted to promote the campaign.
The Reflect Your Respect campaign in anticipation of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is being organized by the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center. While the general advice for tourists arriving for the 2022 World Cup is to have their body clothed from shoulder to knee, we wonder if the same would be applicable to the trouser clad footballers!
Do you plan to visit Qatar for the 2022 World Cup?
[Image via @ReflectYourRespect, Twitter]