Isolated Qatar reaches out to the world

With its deep pockets, the world's richest country has weathered a year-long boycott by its neighbours well

Every year, Qatari housewife Dima Mohamed and her husband fly to Saudi Arabia to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with her mother and sisters. But when Muslims around the world get together for big family reunions to mark the holy festival this week, the couple will be staying home in Doha, and not by choice.

Accused of supporting terrorism and forging cordial links with Iran, their city-state has been placed under a land, air and sea boycott by neighbouring Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt since June 5 last year. Travel by Qataris to those countries is either banned or restricted.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2018, with the headline 'Isolated Qatar reaches out to the world'. Print Edition | Subscribe