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Oman and Turkey to profit from Qatar isolation

Staff Writer |
Turkey has started to provide daily food and water supplies to Qatar with Turkish Airlines Cargo planes as the Gulf state faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab countries over its alleged support for terrorism.

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Qatari market chains also announced on social media that daily food products from Turkey such as milk, yogurt, and chicken were now on the shelves with signs "from Turkey by air."

Market employees reported that Turkish products are in high demand and all food supplies can be found in most of the supermarkets across Qatar.

On Wednesday, the Turkish parliament pushed through a bill on deploying Turkish troops in Qatar followed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's rapid approval, completing the legislative process.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorists and their arch-adversary Iran - charges Qatar calls baseless. Several countries followed suit.

Oman Air has increased flights by 25 per cent since Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut transport links to Qatar on June 5.

The airline, which made a loss of 129.5 million rials (Dh1.24 billion) in 2016, is using five new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to bridge the air transport gap between Qatar and the four countries after they barred all flights by Qatar Airways and banned their own airlines from flying to or via Qatar.

One niche market the state-owned carrier is now exploiting is Egyptian expatriates in Qatar who want to fly to their homeland from Doha.

There are about 100,000 Egyptians working in Qatar, most of them in the government sector whose contracts provide them with flights home on Qatar Airways for their annual holidays.

Omani Air is also picking up long-haul passengers from other Gulf capitals who booked to fly Qatar Airways via Doha.


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