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Qatar Today - - FROM THE DESK -

It has been a scary time for res­i­dents of Qatar. It’s not pleas­ant to wake up in a for­eign coun­try (even if it has been your home for sev­eral years) that overnight has been placed un­der siege, es­pe­cially when you have no skin in the game and no con­trol over how this plays out. The sever­ity of the block­ade left many in a blind panic, rush­ing to gro­cery stores to stock up on food that they be­lieved was run­ning out; send­ing their sav­ings home, wor­ried that they might not get an­other chance; and won­der­ing whether they should post­pone their sched­uled hol­i­day out of fear that they may not be able to re­turn. But once this panic sub­sided, the ex­pat com­mu­nity ad­mirably rose to the oc­ca­sion, voic­ing their sup­port for Qatar, for HH the Emir, and stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der with their Qatari friends. Lov­ing your coun­try is some­times dif­fi­cult be­cause you tend to ob­sess over its flaws and rough edges; you some­times don't give your own coun­try the same ben­e­fit of doubt or lee­way you give other na­tions. Be­cause it's a harsh love – a love driven by the need to feel pride, feel in­spired, feel like you rep­re­sent it and it you. In com­par­i­son, it's much eas­ier to love your home. All it needs is to be safe and com­fort­able and plen­ti­ful. Qatar has been all that for the 2.3 mil­lion ex­pats within its borders. And when the time came they showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude in full mea­sure. In ad­di­tion to our de­tailed cov­er­age of the Gulf cri­sis, in this is­sue of QatarToday we ex­am­ine how China is forg­ing new re­la­tion­ships in the GCC fo­cused on trade and de­vel­op­ment and how its much vaunted OBOR ini­tia­tive might im­pact the coun­tries in the Ara­bian Peninsula. Apart from this we have sev­eral in­sight­ful in­ter­views that shed light on a range of top­ics, from con­sumer elec­tron­ics to avi­a­tion broad­band, in ad­di­tion to our usual team of ex­pert colum­nists who de­liver the best an­a­lyt­i­cal pieces on events and trends that are shap­ing busi­nesses and so­ci­eties in Qatar. Happy Read­ing!

Sev­eral res­i­dences and com­mer­cial build­ings in Doha flew the na­tional colours to ex­press sup­port for Qatar dur­ing the block­ade

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