Qatar Learns to Cope With Its Isolation as Saudi Deadline Looms
The confrontation in Qatar in an unprecedented Arab boycott gives way to daily acts of defiance.
In July 5 to respond to a list of 13 points of difficult demand, government maneuvers that keep food in the markets, tourists in hotels and the national supplier in the air are paying.
Along the coastline in the capital, Doha, it is not uncommon to see Qatari move their children in military uniforms. And there is no escape from the image of the leader of the nation, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who was elevated to the status of hero by locals and foreigners.
The hoarding has eased since puzzled supermarket buyers emptied the shelves a month ago after learning that Saudi Arabia and its allies had severed diplomatic ties and transport connections with Qatar.
Turkey and Iran intervened to provide support, and the tents were filled with Peruvian grenades, Dutch milk and Turkish grapefruit.
“We have not suffered the siege,” said Ibrahim Abdelhamid, an Egyptian lawyer who was shopping with his family on Saturday. “Prices are stable, I miss the juice of Almarai, but I will survive,” he joked, referring to a once-ubiquitous Saudi brand.
In any case, the breakup of alleged terrorist financing and terrorist liaison with Iran led to its citizens – and even foreigners account for 90% of the 2.7 million people of Qatar – to bring the flag together.
Residents gathered a sketch of the emir of skyscrapers, intersections and in cars, social networking accounts and even boxes of sweets. “Tamim the Glory,” proclaim the 37-year-old state, which did not utter a single public word on the dispute.
“Everyone I know, trusts our leaders and believes that we will be stronger and more independent because of this crisis,” said Omar Al Nabet, a university student from Qatar. “It is not just that we are blocked by our brothers. We have to defend what is right.”
Qatar denies allegations of the terrorism-sponsoring coalition and said the claims were deliberately designed to be so difficult that they would reject them.
The block – including the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – has insisted that quality Qatar links with Iran, end Turkey’s military presence in the country and closed the television chain to Jazeera, which was torpedoed other autocratic monarchies in The coverage area.
On Monday, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani presented his country’s response to the block’s demands in Kuwait, which is a mediator between the parties. The details have not come up. Saudi Arabia called non-negotiable claims.
Make no mistake: this is not the world’s largest liquified natural gas exporter business, as its officials believe.
After boycotted countries have separate air relations, land and sea, Turkey has begun to send to send food imports that came by land from Saudi Arabia and Iran also promised aid.
Contractors working on the upgrade of the 200 billion football infrastructure of the FIFA World Cup in 2022 had to secure new sources of construction materials and dedicate materials already en route to the ports of Oman and Kuwait, which Have not taken sides in the conflict.
Qatar Airways, the flagship airline, diverted from hundreds of miles to avoid the airspace of countries that boycott, and travel leaders are pending promotions.
Doha is usually crowded in summer with Saudis attracted by discounted luxury hotels and a more relaxed social atmosphere than their austere rule.
But last week, during the Islamic festival celebrating the end of Ramadan’s fasting period, visitors came from Kuwait and Oman, both members of the Gulf Cooperation Council who have not joined the boycott.
The Sheraton off the coast of Doha said the Oman and Kuwait rebates and reservations have helped to achieve a 91 percent occupancy rate during the holidays.
Small hotel chains in the capital have offered free accommodation for guests visiting both countries, and tax-free shops have made significant reductions.
Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said the country had sufficient financial strength to defend its currency and the economy.
But the riyal is under pressure from the speculation that the ankle can be adjusted, and the operators of the chain