Interesting article about Qatar's reliance on a single border crossing
with Saudi Arabia:
About 800 lorries pass through the crossing each day, according to
Qatar’s customs department. Although lacking precise import figures, the
department says the goods coming in include food and construction
materials that arrive from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and
The materials include everything from concrete to rebar and
other materials needed for building in the country. In particular, 38
per cent of Qatar’s food was transported across its Saudi land border in
2013, according to figures quoted in the Qatar-based bq Magazine.
dependence on Saudi Arabia became apparent over a year ago when Qatar
ran out of chicken for several months because Saudi Arabia banned
exports to stabilise prices at home. That caused prices to increase
dramatically, by as much as 40 per cent, according to Qatari news
reports at the time. Disruptions in these areas could also effect
progress on building the ambitious residential and commercial
developments that Doha has launched as it prepares to host the 2022 Fifa
World Cup, said Paul Sullivan, a Middle East security and energy expert
at Georgetown University.
Saudi Arabia has threatened a blockade over its smaller neighbor's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, but experts see that as only a remote possibility.
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