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Qatar: June update

News / 06-06-2017 / Dubai

On 5 June 2017, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed tied with Qatar and required the closure of land, sea and air borders. Since then a number of other countries have also joined these states in adopting such measures. The reason for these measures is stated to be the belief that Qatar has been supporting extremist groups and has not complied with the Riyadh Agreement of 2014.

The implications

This crisis has had significant implications on transportation to and from the region. This has resulted in a period of uncertainty and disruption as land, air and sea transport links have been severed. Due to the air space restrictions, Qatar Airways has been unable to carry out its scheduled flights to the UAE and Saudi Arabia and will need to take longer routes for certain flights outside of the region. The Shipping industry is also facing an uncertain future with Qatar flagged and owned vessels being prohibited from entering ports across the region. Please click here to read, in more detail, about how the situation is affecting the shipping industry.  

As the situation changes regularly, please refer back to this page where we will update you on anything new in the region and the subsequent legal implications. If you would like further information on the unfolding crisis and how this may affect your operations in the region please contact Rania Tadros, Managing Partner in Dubai. 

Rania Tadros

Rania Tadros Managing Partner

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