Category Archives: Qatar

Saudi Arabia | Saudi Arabia to turn Qatar into island by digging new canal

A high-ranking Saudi official says his country is seriously considering constructing a canal that would turn tiny neighbor Qatar into an island, amid the the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against the energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom.

“As a citizen, I am impatiently waiting for the details of the implementation of the East Salwa island project. This great and historic project will change the region’s geography,” Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, wrote on his Twitter page on Friday.

Saudi Arabia to press ahead with canal cutting Qatar from land

Saudi Arabia has moved forward with its plan to build a canal between it and Qatar, which would effectively detach the latter from the Arabian Peninsula, Gulf Arab media reported Tuesday.

Qatar – Problem-Packed Peninsula

By J. Michael Springmann

WHAT. Qatar is a thumb-sized stub of land projecting out into the Persian Gulf from the Arabian  peninsula. Its 11,586 square kilometers (about 4,473 square miles) make it slightly smaller than the U.S. State of Connecticut and half the size of the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia. About 300,000 Qataris live in the country, along with roughly 2,300,000 expatriates, mostly from India and Nepal, with others from the Philippines and Bangladesh.  Only about 10% come from other Arab countries. The total population is clustered in and around Doha, Qatar’s capital.

Qatar: Saudi-led demands not ‘reasonable or actionable’

Qatar reviewing document issued by Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries and preparing ‘an appropriate response’.

Qatar has dismissed a list of demands submitted by four Arab countries as neither reasonable or actionable.

The list was received by Qatar’s ministry of foreign affairs on June 22, according to a report by the state-run Qatar News Agency.

Turkey prepares to send troops to Qatar in conflict with Saudi Arabia

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier

After a coalition of Persian Gulf sheikdoms led by Saudi Arabia presented an ultimatum to Qatar on Monday and blockaded its economy, the Turkish parliament approved two military deals with Qatar, enabling deployments of the Turkish military to Qatar. Turkish forces will also train the Qatari gendarmerie.