GCC Crisis Updates: Week 10

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Some important developments have taken place in the GCC crisis, particularly from Qatar. Read some of these updates below. 

August 3 

Qatar announced a draft law stating that some expatriates might be eligible for permanent residency based on certain criteria, including being married to Qatari women and having provided the country with outstanding services. 

August 7

Lack of business in some restaurants and businesses has caused employers to ask workers to take an extended period of unpaid leave. A couple of restaurants have also reportedly closed due to a drop in the number of customers. 

Israel said that they plan to revoke media credentials of journalists from Al Jazeera and close its Jerusalem offices, while also removing the network from local providers. Communications Minister, Ayoub Kara, said in a press conference that steps had to be taken against "media, which has been determined by almost all Arab countries to actually be a supporter of terror, and we know this for certain."

Milaha, Doha-based shipping and logistics group said it would be shifting its shipment hub from Dubai to Oman, seemingly as a result of sanctions imposed on Qatar during the crisis, according to Reuters. 

The CEO of Standard Chartered reportedly said that Dubai’s status as a financial hub might be at risk as a result of the Gulf rift and that it might become difficult for Dubai to serve as a regional hub for international companies. 

August 8

The UAE and Bahrain reportedly recently agreed to open up some of their airspace to Qatar Airways flights after the initial restrictions placed on them due to the crisis. 

According to Gulf Times, a senior member of Turkey’s ruling party has said that the presence of Turkish military in Qatar creates a balance in the region that prevents potential clashes.

August 9

In a widely-welcomed move, Qatar announced a visa-waiver program which will allow visa-free entry into the country for 80 nationalities. Here is the full list of nationalities which will be allowed visa-free entry. 

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