Middle East Disruption Could Impact Qatar’s Food Logistics

Qatar may become reliant on air and sea freight as bordering countries cut diplomatic ties.

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. But what might this mean for Qatar's economy and people doing business there?

Desert states, by their nature, struggle to grow food. And food security is a particular issue for Qatar, given the only way in by land is a single border with Saudi Arabia.

Every day hundreds of Lorries (a large, heavy motor vehicle for transporting goods or troops) cross the border, and food is one of their main supplies. About 40 percent of Qatar's food is believed to come via this route. Saudi Arabia has said it will close that border, and when the Lorries stop, Qatar will become reliant on air and sea freight.

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