In a development with profoundly positive implications for the region’s travel and travel retail sectors, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to restore full ties with Qatar.
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Among other allegations, the Doha government had been accused of supporting terrorist groups and being too close to Iran, claims that Qatar vehemently denied.
The blockade had a particularly severe impact on Qatar Airways as its neighbours closed their airspace to Qatar (Bahrain and the UAE also closed their maritime borders to ships carrying the Qatari flag).
More details to follow soon on a story that will also have positive repercussions for travel retail in each of the countries. Duty free sales were hard hit by the blockade, with Qatar Duty Free and Dubai Duty Free particularly affected.
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