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KSA, UAE, and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar

 
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kona



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:53 pm    Post subject: KSA, UAE, and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar Reply with quote

Has this been effecting anyone yet?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40173757

"The tiny, oil- and gas-rich state of Qatar has been cut off and isolated by some of the Arab world's most powerful countries, which have accused it of supporting terrorist groups.

The dramatic move comes after years of tension between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, in particular Saudi Arabia.

The effects are already being felt - in Qatari food stores, international airspace, the global oil market and elsewhere."
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The biggest effect that I have heard with friends in the Gulf is that they are worried if their flights include the Qatari airline.

Hopefully Kuwait and Oman will step in to negotiate an agreement of some sort...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like Kuwait is trying to step in and mediate the situation, but at the moment, things only seem to be escalating.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-idUSKBN1910B6
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone in Qatar want to offer up any thoughts on the current crisis?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since it's the summer break, most teachers are still away on vacation.

Just keep an eye on the news. For example, "Full effects of sanctions on Qatar yet to take hold", from The National.
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Blackbear



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

danmbob wrote:
Anyone in Qatar want to offer up any thoughts on the current crisis?


No big deal for expats. BUT, mishkala kabir for locals who are married to Emiratis or Saudis etc. They are not allowed to visit family in the UAE, Saudi, etc.

Noticed the shops are full of food and goods of all sorts usually availale. Busy mid-day and evenings are really busy as the daily fast ends and people gather to socialize etc.

Media is mistaken with implications that Qatar is going to implode. Nope, not going to happen. Turkey, Iran and India are providing supplies either by air or by ship. One enterprising businessman bought 4000 head of Holstein dairy cattle from Australia and the USA and Qatar is airfreighting them to Doha. Facilities have been built and shaded pasture (irrigated) is apparently in place...

Friends at CNA-Q have gone on summer hols. Many think this will just take a lot of time to solve. Some have transferred their money to Canada, and others have not. Nobody has resigned "in fear of an invasion or enhanced blockade".

At a General Assembly this past week staff and faculty were reassured that the situation in business as usual. The Canadian Embassy has said essentially the same thing.

No Chicken Littles crying out "The Sky is Falling". Absolutely none - aka Business as Usual - or Comme d'Habitude...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diplomatic Crisis Over Qatar Worries Gulf Educators
By Eman Kamel, Al Fanar Media | 27 June 2017
Source: http://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2017/06/diplomatic-crisis-over-qatar-worries-gulf-educators/

DOHA—Long-term effects on education in the Arab region are feared as the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighbors enters its fourth week without any sign of resolution. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar on June 5 and imposed measures to isolate the small Gulf country over alleged support for Islamist groups. Qatar denies the accusations.

On June 26, the official Qatar News Agency said Qatari students in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates had been prevented from taking end of year exams and refused graduation certificates, and that their education accounts had been blocked and their registrations closed. The QNA statement described the actions as “a flagrant violation of the right to education,” but did not give details of the students who were affected or where they were studying.

Education officials in the country worry that if the situation continues, it might have negative effects on education in the region as a whole. “The real loss in this crisis will be education development in the region,” says Hamad al-Ibrahim, executive vice president for research and development at the Qatar Foundation. “Depriving students of the chance to benefit from education opportunities at Qatar Foundation and its international universities would affect efforts to develop local and regional talent.”

The government-led Qatar Foundation supports the branch campuses of eight international universities. The aim of the branch campuses is to attract Arab and Muslim students whose families feel more comfortable sending them to study in a conservative country, rather than in the United States or other Western country. “If the situation continues, it will of course impact the flow of students from these countries,” al-Ibrahim said.

The Qatar Foundation has 2,651 enrolled students from 38 different nations, including 100 students from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Al-Ibrahim said none of these students have been asked to leave and they are welcome to resume their studies in the next academic year once the situation resolves. “We see these students as part of our community and remain committed to providing them with quality education, unless their countries decide to pull them out.”

Several students from the boycotting countries who are studying in Qatar have already been forced to leave in the wake of the rift, following directions from their governments. Students have the option to postpone their studies for up to three academic terms, following common educational practice. Al-Ibrahim is hopeful the crisis might be over much sooner.

However, earlier this week, the United Arab Emirates said the sanctions could last for years unless Doha accepts the demands of the boycotting countries.

Most of the faculty members of the international universities supported by the Qatar Foundation are from the United States, the United Kingdom and France and are not affected. Faculty members and administrative staff from Egypt were not affected either, and the recruitment plans of the foundation continue, according to al-Ibrahim. “This is a unilateral siege. We have 226 faculty and non-faculty staff members from Egypt who didn’t leave the country and are welcome to stay,” he said.

However, 12 staff members from Saudi Arabia and 11 from Bahrain have been recalled by their governments. Al-Ibrahim said no action has been taken to terminate their services or end their employment. Al-Ibrahim also ruled out any effect on the American branch campuses in Qatar.

Construction work at Doha’s Education City has not been disrupted by the boycott, since 90 percent of the infrastructure and all academic and research buildings have already been completed, and work continues on schedule despite minor logistical problems. Qatar imports most of its construction material from neighboring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “As a country we always have the option of bringing raw materials from other countries. We had some logistical challenges due to delay of shipments at the port of Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, but it was all diverted to the recently opened Hamad Port in Qatar,” al-Ibrahim said.

Qatar Foundation recently launched the tenth round of its National Research Fund, which benefits a number of citizens of the countries participating in the boycott, but the Foundation has declared its commitment to providing the necessary support for all the Fund’s beneficiaries despite the current situation. “Education and research should not be affected by politics. They should be independent. In fact, education and research should be seen as a means to repair what has been damaged by politics,” al-Ibrahim said.

(End of article)
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Now I know



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Couldn't happen to a nicer place Reply with quote

All I can say is Qatar was the worst experience of my life and thank God I left. If UAE and the rest cut ties, more power to them
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