Pearl-Qatar alcohol ban claims another victim

Upscale Thai restaurant Mango Tree to close at end of month, reports local news

A controversial ban on alcohol at Qatar's manmade Pearl-Qatar development has led to the closure of another restaurant, according to local news in the Gulf state.

Doha News reported that upscale Thai restaurant Mango Tree will shut its doors for good at the end of the month due to the alcohol ban, which was introduced at the end of 2011 and caused a slump in revenues for a number of restaurants and subsequent closures.

In January, celebrity UK chef Gordon Ramsay weighed in on the row over alcohol on the development, which led to the closure of his Maze restaurant in March 2012 after just two years of operation. Ramsay told one local news outlet that he did not see the rule "lasting much longer".

“I think the legislation in terms of operating restraints - going out for dinner and not being allowed to have a glass of wine - I think it’s one turn-off for any local,” he was quoted as saying by Doha News.

Earlier this year, one expert told Arabian Business that lifting the ban on alcohol on Pearl-Qatar could lead to a resurgence in the number of tourists patronising the development.

“Reintroducing alcohol would certainly help the development's appeal for residents, as well as attracting non residents to come and enjoy the restaurants and hence add to the economic and social activities that help create a thriving [area],” said Edward Brookes, Head of Valuation at real estate firm DTZ Middle East.

DTZ Middle East's Brookes said that the Pearl-Qatar's reputation was also being impacted by delays in construction, as well as varying quality between residences on the development.

Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

NOTE: Comments posted on may be printed in the magazine Arabian Business

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: Anon

I think we should ban all alcohols in Qatar and stop all foreigners living here and we can have glorious culture with our glorious history. We are best country in world and we want to live like it's the 11th century. Chop of the hands of anyone that will disagree.

Posted by: A Friend

Whilst Mango Tree was going to close automatically at the end of the March it should however be noted that they were actually FORCED to close by the Doha Municipality after a routine inspection found EXPIRED food in the kitchen of Mango Tree. Another outlet I hear was closed down was Spinneys on The Pearl.

Posted by: procan

@ Anon and Arjun you can not feed or defend your self where is the glory?

Posted by: Arjun

Totally agree with Anon on this.....send all of them to UAE & Oman....way to go. Try talking to locals'll get the answer & i guess people know the way to the airport before someone starts telling the expats about the directions.

Posted by: Ex-Qatari

Alcohol does not lead to prostitution, gambling, etc... It is the man that brings that upon him.

Posted by: aks

Strip World cup from Qatar.

Posted by: Another Dude from Doha

I Agree with The Dude that Used to Live There.

Posted by: Garry

They should grant restaurants who wish to sell alcohol a permit which allows them to do so and charge a fee of say 40% of revenue as an alcohol tax.

Posted by: john


All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Sailing home: Barr Al Jissah creating luxury living in Oman

Sailing home: Barr Al Jissah creating luxury living in Oman

On a stunning tip of Oman’s almost-secluded coastline, local...

Arabian Travel Market: Diversification drives tourism investment

Arabian Travel Market: Diversification drives tourism investment

ATM in Dubai will show the changing face of the industry as entertainment...

Checking in to Africa's hospitality revolution

Checking in to Africa's hospitality revolution

With the African population soaring by 30 million people a year...

Most Discussed