Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and several other Gulf nations have accused Qatar of funding terrorism and have stopped all land, air and sea traffic.
The Saudi-led coalition has ejected all Qatari diplomats and has asked Qatari nationals to leave within the next few days.
Doha denies the claims, and has decried the blockade as a human rights violation.
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Where is Qatar?
Qatar is a country in the Middle East that gained independence from Britain in 1971.
Officially known as the State of Qatar, the sovereign nation occupies the small Qatar Peninsula to the north east of the Arabian Peninsular.
Qatar’s only land border is shared with Saudi Arabia. A thin section of the Persian Gulf separates it from Bahrain.
The capital of Qatar is Doha. It is the country’s fastest growing city, with more than 50 per cent of Qatar’s 2.6 million citizens living in the centre or suburbs.
Doha was founded in the 1820s as an offshoot of Al Bidda and was declared the Qatari capital after the country gained independence.
What is Qatar’s GDP?
Qatar has an extremely large GDP relative to its size and had the highest GDP per capita rate in the world.
The Qatari economy is built upon the globe’s third largest natural gas and oil reserves.
The UN classify the Qatar as a “country of very high human development”.
Who rules Qatar?
Qatar is a monarchy and has been ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s.
The current head of state is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who ascended after his father’s abdication in 2013.
Al Thani was educated in Britain at Sherborne School in Dorset and is credited with Qatar’s successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022.
FIFA’s controversial decision prompted accusations of corruption and Qatar has since faced criticism over the treatment of migrant workers as it prepares for the World Cup.
Amnesty International suggested that “forced labour” was being used to build new stadiums and that workers were suffering human rights abuses.
The 2022 World Cup will be the first that doesn’t take place in June or July.
The tournament will instead kick off at the end of November to avoid exposing players to excessive heat.
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