05 June 2017

Dubai-based global ports operator DP World says it is still “assessing the situation” after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Arab states announced the closure of transport ties with Qatar on Monday.

The move came after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE severed ties to Qatar, accusing the wealthy Gulf Arab state of supporting terrorism.

“We are working closely with the government authorities on this issue,” a DP World spokesperson said in an email statement to Zawya.

UAE national news agency WAM reported last month that Dubai’s trade with Qatar grew 92 percent in the period from 2011 to 2016, reaching 15 billion UAE dirhams ($4.08 billion) last year, according to Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World group chairman. The figures were released during a meeting with a Qatari delegation headed by Ahmed Abdullah Al Jamal, chairman of Qatar Customs Authority.

“It is too early to comment on the implications of the decision at this stage and we are assessing the situation,” the DP World spokesperson said.

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Etihad Airway and Dubai carriers Emirates and Flydubai said they would suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation also issued a decision banning all Qatari airlines and aircraft from landing at Saudi Arabia's airports, effective immediately, according to SPA, the Saudi Press Agency.

Qatar was also expelled from a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

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