Some countries cut off ties with Qatar

On June 5, a bunch of nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, cut off ties with Qatar. They claim Qatar supports terrorist groups. Qatar, however, denies this.

All flights between Qatar and these nations have been cancelled. Not only flights, but sea and land travel to and from Qatar has been banned. Trade has been suspended. Qatari citizens living in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have been given 2 weeks to go back to their country.

One of the biggest impacts on Qatar with these bans is its food supply. Most of the country’s food is imported, and about 40% of it comes from Saudi Arabia.

Qatar is a small nation. It is a monarchy ruled by the Al Thani family. The current leader is Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Its population is 2.3 million (that is about 1/4th the population of London, the capital of the United Kingdom).

Qatar is very rich in oil and gas. Its GDP per capita is one of the highest in the world. The GDP of a country is the total value of all the products and services that are produced by the companies and the people of that country over a year, and the per capita GDP is the GDP per person. Qatar’s official language is Arabic and its capital is Doha (image).

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Did you know?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in Qatar.

Image Credits: http://medias.photodeck.com for the image of Doha skyline, http://portal.www.gov.qa for the Emir’s image
Sources: CNN, CIA World Factbook, Newsy, Now This, http://ukpopulation2017.com