Are tattoos allowed and safe in Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
Qatar placed the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid as Qatar was interested in hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. With a small population of only two million people, Qatar will be the first Arab state to host the World Cup. Unexpectedly Qatar won the bid and successfully achieved the honor to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. But are tattoos allowed and safe in Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
But unfortunately, Qatar is the world’s least tattoo-friendly country.
l Either only for Qatar’s people or anyone entering the borders of Qatar?
l Is Qatar going to soften this policy during the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
l Does this policy exist, or is it just a rumor?
l What will be the scenario if Qatar remains stubborn about its illegal ink policy during the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
Such questions have triggered a considerable discussion among the participating countries. As many of the players have inked arms, legs are other parts of the body. Firstly let’s see in detail that why and where Tattoos are problematic for the Qataris.
Is a tattoo a problem for a visa of Qatar?
While most tattoos are innocent, some can become an immigration problem. Now getting a visa is a stressful process, during which some people with tattoos run into big problems. However, tattoos alone are not the problem; it’s what they can signal. Those tattoos are taboo as sometimes they intend to hurt someone’s religious, political, or ethical beliefs. In one way, they signify a language of expressing one’s point of view. in this way, one can believe that Qatar is not allowing freedom of expression in its land.
Suppose you have an invisible tattoo done before. Dont worry you are safe. Get it done in your home country. Don’t think to get it done in Qatar.
Is a tattoo a sin as per the two major religions of the world?
Some Christians take issue with tattooing, upholding the Hebrew prohibition (see below). The Hebrew prohibition is interpreting Leviticus 19:28—” You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor to print any marks upon you”—to prohibit tattoos, and perhaps even makeup. In the same way, in Islam, tattoos are not permitted. Not many shreds of evidence are present in the Holy book of Muslims QURAN and Shariat(their prescribed standard way of living), but through different Fatwas, the Ulmas (Priest) of Islam prohibited it.
Can anyone work in Dubai with a tattoo?
So if you’re querying if you can get a job in Dubai if you have a tattoo on your body? Yes, you most certainly can. But there are few organizations with strict rules about tattoos, like Qatar Airlines. Airlines even don’t bear it on employees during ground duties, and even lasered tattoos are not bearable t them. But still, there are many other institutes and organizations which bear hidden or removed by laser tattoos.
Are tattoos illegal in Qatar?
Having a tattoo done within Qatar is considered illegal. While getting a tattoo is not legally penalized in the UAE. It is forbidden in Islam by a Fatwa issued by the Official Fatwa Centre at the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments and considered a form of self-injury.
What jobs allow tattoos?
Here is a simplified list of some of the most common employers/workers that either doesn’t allow them tattoos or ask them to cover them up at the workplace. Like in:
l Healthcare Professionals
l Police Officers and Law Enforcement
l Law Firms
l Administrative Assistants and Receptionists
l Financial Institutions and Banks
l At Hotels / Resorts
l Government servants.
l Also in many other departments.
Are tattoos offensive in other Islamic countries as well?
While many believe that it is illegal to get a tattoo in the UAE, there is no law prohibiting it. However, tattoos have been deemed a form of self-injury, which is not allowed in Islamic culture. In addition, it is illegal to get a tattoo by an unlicensed artist due to the health risk.
The country cracks down on citizens who have existing tattoos, urging them to have their ink surgically removed. Tattoos of any kind, including cosmetics, are illegal as of 2015 when the Religious Affairs Directorate passed a fatwa (legal rule) declaring that tattoos go against the Prophet Muhammad and are not to be allowed.
Why are Tattoos illegal in Qatar and some other Islamic countries?
Most of the time, visitors and foreigners will not be legally penalized for having or getting a tattoo in the UAE. However, it is not allowed in Islam under a Fatwa issued by the Official Fatwa Centre at the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments. This law is applicable because it is considered a form of self-injury.
“It is also socially unacceptable and uncommon among Emirati people, and the removal of tattoos is a prerequisite for joining certain establishments such as the army, the police, and some airlines,” notes Yousef Al Bahar, advocate at Al Bahar and Associates Advocates and Legal Consultants.
In short, two primary reasons for banning tattoos in Qatar and some other Islamic countries are self-injury and hurting different religious, political, and ethical beliefs.
Is this going to affect the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
As per the above discussion, I would say that this ban on tattoos will not affect the 2022 FIFA World Cup. There are several reasons for it; some of them are listed below:
l Only having a tattoo done within Qatar is considered illegal.
l This policy does not apply to visitors and foreigners.
l In international events like the 2022 FIFA World Cup, international policies are considered first, not the host country.
l Winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid is not an ordinary achievement, so Qatar can not make any silly mistake of applying this policy over the international players or spectators during the event.
Conclusion of the discussion:
It’s officially illegal to get tattooed in Qatar, and people who break this law have been arrested and persecuted in different ways, including jail, charging a fine, or public parading. As a result, the visitors to the country are expected to cover their tattoos, especially if they could be considered offensive to their beliefs. But this is not going to happen in an international event like the 2022 FIFA World Cup. To be on the safe side, get it done elsewhere, before boarding flights to Qatar during World cup.