Princely feuds thwart Trump's efforts to resolve Qatar dispute

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DOHA (Qatar) • When the rulers of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain teamed up to invade Qatar in 1867, Doha was a tiny outpost on an obscure desert peninsula coveted by rival tribes.

Today, Doha is a city transformed into a glittering modern capital by natural-gas-derived wealth - and Qatar is still the object of its neighbours' wrath, an outlier and maverick whose emir refuses to fall into line with the region's powerful royal families.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2018, with the headline Princely feuds thwart Trump's efforts to resolve Qatar dispute. Subscribe