Gulf-Qatar Diplomatic Crisis
Diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar were severed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017 after Saudi officials claimed that such a blockade would protect their national security from Qatar, a nation they alleged has terrorist links.
Qatar has consistently rejected this allegation and claimed that Saudi Arabia was instead trying to ruin Qatar’s trade relationship with the US. Leaked emails from the UAE to the US later appeared to support the claim that the blockading nations had intentions to discredit Qatar.
Visitors to Qatar will see most residents in full support of their leader, Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and standing by his decision to reject the long list of demands from the blockading countries. Enormous Qatari flags and portraits of the emir have been hung from skyscrapers to show their united front, and his face appears on car stickers all over the country.
The land, sea and air blockade forces Qatari planes and ships to make major detours. Qataris can no longer live in or travel to the countries involved in the blockade. Visitors cannot directly travel to countries involved in the blockade, but can transfer in Oman, Kuwait or other nations further afield.