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Posted On: 19 July 2018 04:05 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

UAE Prince Flees to Qatar -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 59

Khadiza Begum
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Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates.

July 14, 2018

Emirati Prince Flees to Qatar

An Emirati prince, Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, has defected to Qatar and asked for political asylum, which has provided a rare glimpse into tensions among the rulers of the United Arab Emirates and added an awkward complication to its feud with Qatar, The New York Times reported.

The prince (31 yrs old) is the second son of the emir of Fujairah, until recently, he ran Fujairah’s pro-government media operation.

On May 16, early morning he surprisingly turned up at the airport in Doha requesting for asylum. He disclosed to Qatari authorities that he dreaded for his life because of a dispute with the rulers of Abu Dhabi

In an interview with The New York Times, Sheik Rashid blamed Emirati rulers for extortion as well as money laundering. He claimed that he chose to give the Interview in the hope to draw public attention to his case which might help to protect his family in Fujairah from pressure by Abu Dhabi.

As he stated:

“I am the first in a royal family going out of the U.A.E. and telling everything about them.”

Furthermore, he revealed to the The New York Times that the governing body of the country is conflicted about sending troops to Yemen as part of a commitment to the Saudi-led coalition. As per the prince, the UAE has lost far more people in Yemen than the 100 that have been officially reported.

July 15, 2018

Qatar moves ahead with World Cup plans despite crisis

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, July 15, 2018 handed overthe mantle of World Cup host to the Emir of Qatar. Qatar will host 2022 edition of the world cup.

The ceremony was held in the Kremlin. The event was attended by the Russian leader and Qatari emir and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Putin welcomed the Qatari emir at the ceremony and presented him a symbolic gesture - a Soccer ball! The President also said Russia was proud of its achievements in hosting the World Cup, and would happy to share its experience with Qatar.

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