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Posted On: 5 June 2020 09:30 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

Blockade of Qatar enters its fourth year; economic strength, success stories continue emerging

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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It's been just three years since the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt began against Qatar and despite the illegal blockade, the country continues to flourish, overcome economic difficulties and managed to remain free under the leadership of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Qatar is stronger than ever after blockade!


Ever since the blockade, people of Qatar have emerged stronger and united; new trade routes have opened up, there's no shortage of essentials, and the economy remains strong, thanks to the leadership of H.H. the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

On Monday 5th June, the four neighboring countries announced they were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar and announced an air, sea, and land blockade. However, Qatar has shown it's capable of looking after itself and if there's one thing Qatar won't do is back down in the face of adversity. Within a mere 48 hours of the blockade, Hamad Port was officially opened, other key projects launched, and Qatar Airways developed alternate routes to fly to destinations. Food production rose, entrepreneurship came to the fore, and tourism showed growth. Most importantly, there was no effect on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports. In fact, more contracts have been signed for gas supplies, and infrastructure work for the 2022 FIFA World Cup continues without delays.

47,000 new companies have been established in Qatar during the years of blockade, and the period also witnessed establishing more foreign investments, especially in the light of legislation and incentives offered by the state.

A flagrant violation of human rights

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) underscored that the continuation of the unjust blockade of Qatar and the accompanying arbitrary measures for the third year in a row deepens the immense humanitarian suffering being endured by citizens and residents of the State of Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, as the number of complaints received by the National Human Rights Committee reached 4,275 complaints.

The National Human Rights Committee reiterated its position calling for the immediate cessation of grave violations and putting an end to the suffering of the victims and ensure redress for them prior to initiation of any political solutions, in accordance with international human rights agreements. The National Human Rights Committee also noted that disregarding the issue to lift the injustice and compensate the victims will inevitably lead to widening the gap, tearing the Gulf fabric, and losing confidence in the Gulf system.

How do you think Qatar has reacted to the blockade? Tell us what you're most proud of that Qatar has achieved or overcome throughout the blockade in the comments section below. And don't forget to like and share this article- it keeps us going!