In response to online rumors, comedian Hamad Al-Amari sets the record straight, saying it’s not illegal to stare – but it is rude.
So whether we’re talking about a Qatari woman, a non-Qatari woman, or anyone else, “Just don’t stare – it’s very very uncomfortable,” he said.
The origins of the rumor could involve Qatar’s conservative culture, in which local men and women generally do not mix socially.
This stems from Islamic tradition in which modesty between genders is encouraged, to minimize extramarital relations, jealousy and other issues.
That said, Qatari law doesn’t prohibit people from interacting with each other – just keep it respectful.