Dominic is a writer, analyst and photographer and spends most of his time covering the politics and economics of the Middle East, Africa and other emerging markets. He is Associate Editor of Gulf States News and a contributor to Forbes.com. He regularly writes for other outlets including Bloomber...
A fresh question mark has been placed over controversial phosphate exports from Western Sahara, after a South African court ruled on June 15 that a dispute over a cargo being held in Port Elizabeth should proceed to a full trial. The cargo in question is aboard the NM Cherry Blossom. On May 1 the ship entered the port of Coega on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth for refuelling.
The increasingly bitter trading of allegations between Qatar and three of its erstwhile allies in the Gulf – combined with economic and diplomatic embargoes – does not look like ending quickly, despite some frenetic shuttle diplomacy by Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. But in any difficulty there can be winners and losers and in this particular case one of the beneficiaries looks to be one of the Gulf’s less celebrated airlines: Oman Air.
Consumers are already starting to notice a difference as a result of the stand-off between Qatar and other states in the region, with some Saudi and Emirati goods disappearing from supermarket shelves in Doha to be replaced by less familiar brands from Turkey, Iran and elsewhere. That is just one consequence of the economic and diplomatic war that has broken out between Qatar and three of its erstwhile allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
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Selecting a term
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