Princely feuds thwart Trump's efforts to resolve Qatar dispute

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe