Though gambling is not permitted or legal in Qatar, the residents of the country partake in and enjoy sports betting. For those interested or curious, sports betting is a lot different in Qatar than in other countries and includes sports such as cricket and camel racing.
The betting and gambling landscape is not mainstream, and even sports betting is illegal. The availability of gambling platforms and opportunities are often reserved for those who are in gangs or less than legal organizations who facilitate on and offline games, betting opportunities and other gambling platforms. Residents should be careful about their online activity.
There is actually no such thing as a legal gambling activity (on and offline) for residents of and visitors to Qatar. The laws are strict and are enforced, and online activity is closely monitored. Authorities have gone as far as to block offshore, and foreign operated gambling platforms.
Despite the illegality, camel race betting is both accessible and extremely lucrative for those in Qatar. People can win anything from small change to seven-figure payouts. The sport and betting on it, are very controversial, as there are children used as jockeys, many unfairly treated and too young to be legally able to work.
As demonstrated by the controversial and illegitimate use of children in camel racing, it is essential to gamble and invest money in gambling activities which are legal and to only use operators that are properly licensed. Illegal gambling can carry severe physical and moral consequences.
Supporting operators and platforms which are not licensed can be seen as indirect support for unfair practices, illegal industries, violence, and gangs, etc. Not only that, but a licensed operator is a more secure way to play and to spend one's money, without having to worry about compromising their personal and financial information.
Some tips to ensure responsible gambling include:
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