As most of you may know, alcohol is forbidden in Islam, and you cannot get it in Qatar except in hotels that cater to foreigners or at special licensed restaurants.
Fruit juice is a common aperitif here, and obviously soda is popular, but it doesn’t stop there – they also have an extremely wide range of non-alcoholic beverages. Here is the aisle at Carrefour showing all the brands. I had to take it surreptitiously, so is doesn’t show all the details I would like, but it does give you an idea of the scale and wide array of options. (The very top row is Pepsi, but everything else is mocktails.)
No O’Doul’s (nothing that approximates a “beer” or alcoholic flavor), but loads of things that approximate a Bacardi Breezer. Here are just some of the brands represented: Barbican, Cadé, Efes, Fayrouz, Freez, Holsten, Laziza, Moussy, Proud (the labels reflect the cultural origin of the name – “Holsten” is very German beerhall, and “Cadé” is elegant French minimalism)… and here are some of the flavors represented: apple, kiwi, lemon mint, lime, mango, peach, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberry, “regular” (whatever that is), strawberry, and my personal favorite – the name alone inspired me to try this one – “green cocktail”. (Turns out to be an appletini without the “tini”, the color alone should’ve clued me in.)
You can even get these drinks at Starbucks and the like. So while there is no alcohol, some enterprising business(es) decided to fill that void with a non-alcoholic parallel, and rake in the dough. Fascinating.