Wealthy Qatar Weathers Siege, but Personal and Political Costs Grow

3 Jul 2017   Qatar

A young business executive had to cancel a $150,000 family vacation in Saudi Arabia . Another woman grumbled that deliveries of designer fashions from the internet store Net-a-Porter were taking several days longer to arrive. Others said they disliked the taste of the new Turkish milk in stores, preferring the old Saudi variety, but a tycoon offered a solution: He intends to fly 4,000 cows to Qatar , in what may be the biggest ever bovine airlift. Qatar has been under a siege of sorts for the past month, but the immensely wealthy Persian Gulf nation is, so far, feeling little pain. When four Arab nations blockaded Qatar’s airspace and shipping channels last month in a bid to force it to drop its maverick foreign policy and shutter its influential TV station, Al Jazeera , there was an initial burst of panic as some supermarket shelves […]

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