Qatar. The conflict with neighboring countries continued
this year as well. What has come to be called the new Gulf
crisis began when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,
Bahrain and Egypt in June 2017 accused Qatar of supporting
Iran and terrorism. The countries then cut all ties to Qatar
and imposed harsh sanctions.
Countryaah.com, bad relations continued in 2018, although a recognition
by US President Donald Trump in January, thanking Qatar's
emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for acting to counter
terrorism and extremism, somewhat thawed the situation. Even
the resumed diplomatic relations in February between Chad
and Qatar, which had broken in the summer of 2017 in
sympathy with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,
Bahrain and Egypt, may have helped to improve the situation.
But in early June they seemed to be back on square one.
Then Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud
threatened to attack Qatar militarily if the country
purchased the planned Russian robot defense system S-400.
That same month, Qatar filed a lawsuit against the United
Arab Emirates to the International Criminal Court. The
indictment was for human rights violations, as Qatar was
isolated by its neighbors both diplomatically and
physically, which has had "a devastating impact on the human
rights of Qatari", according to a statement from the
In December, Qatar decided to leave the oil-producing
countries' cooperation (OPEC) from January 2019. It has been
a member of OPEC since 1961, but has been one of the
smallest oil producers since natural gas is the most
important in the country's energy production. At the turn of
the year, a 100 percent tax on alcohol was also introduced.
According to estimates from the International Monetary
Fund (IMF), Qatar will not be the world's richest place for
long. The Chinese casino island Macau will have Qatar by
2020. Macau's GDP per capita is then estimated at $ 143,116,
while Qatar's figure is $ 139,151.