More than 500 days after the current Gulf crisis broke out, Qatar has so far lost more than 30% of its economic and financial power and about 50% of its foreign relations with the rest of the world. During this period, the Qatari regime has largely violated most international resolutions and norms by insisting on supporting terrorism and pursuing subversive policies in the region. This has revealed the real face of this regime and unveiled its plans and conspiracies against the peoples and countries of the region.

Qatar continues to lose on all political and economic levels and pay hefty price for its suspicious relations with Iran and for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, despite its attempts to pretend that it is not affected by the boycott. Reports confirm that Qatar’s continuous losses will ultimately undermine its internal security and stability due to the exacerbation of crises at all levels, especially the economic ones as well as the increased internal differences. Moreover, there is no doubt that Qatar’s financial reservoir is no longer able to waste more money or pay more bribes after losing many of its revenues due to the boycott and the isolation of Doha.

Qatar is currently suffering many internal and external crises that have become impossible to conceal. In addition to the international rejection of the policies of the regime, which is increasing day after day, the internal situation is on the brink of explosion and it might blow up in the face of the regime’s leaders at any time and things turn upside down. Then, the Emir of Qatar will become in danger, especially after the increasing confusion at all levels. As for the indicators of growth, they have declined rapidly, Qatari banks lost more than $ 40 billion of private deposits and Qatar’s Exchange Market lost about $ 33 billion of its value while public debt reached half a trillion riyals. In the tourism sector, tourism has lost about 490,000 tourists a year, and overall performance indicators have fallen to unprecedented levels, which has hit all sectors with weakness and stagnation. This is how Doha looks like today after 500 days of the Arab boycott caused by the current Qatari regime.

Externally, the Qatari regime is subjected to a continuous and increasing criticism by the international community and international and human rights institutions. Moreover, many countries and institutions are considering severing their relations with the Qatari regime due to its insistence on supporting terrorism, its subversive interventions and unveiling its violations of human rights in many cases. On the other hand, many countries are looking at their relations with Qatar as a danger that must be eliminated because of the Qatari regime’s suspicious relations with the world’s most pro-terrorist regime, i.e. the mullahs’ regime in Tehran.

The quick rapprochement between Doha and Tehran has in fact led to further divergence in relations between Qatar and the rest of the world, especially after Doha has turned into an espionage hub for Iran, posing a threat to Qatar’s relations with the rest of the world, as well as a haven for symbols of terrorism, especially the Muslim Brotherhood. All of these prompted the international community to lose confidence in Qatar.

The Qatari regime also lost its popular base at home and abroad and turned into a pariah regime by the international community. Doha has also lost the trust of the Arab peoples in its media, especially the Al Jazeera network, because of the misleading approach it followed aimed at provoking sedition and supporting terrorism and using it as a weapon to attack Arab countries and a tool to support terrorism and the expansionist powers’ schemes in the region at the expense of the peoples and regimes of Arab countries. This media played a major role in inciting infighting, spreading chaos, instability and displacing peoples of the region.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

October 8,  2018