A timeline of six months of illegal siege which helped Qatar rediscover itself…

By QLReporter

December 5 marked exactly six months since the start of the illegal siege of Qatar. While people in the country were initially panic-stricken, it soon gave way to determination and the will to fight on. 

Today, six months after the start of the siege, Qatar still holds its head high. Here is a chronological recap of how things unfolded over the last three months.


June 5

In an early morning announcement, Bahrain cuts its ties with Qatar. Soon after, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt too sever ties in that order. The GCC crisis officially begins. Qatar says there is no justification for the cutting of ties, but all such arguments fall on deaf ears. Soon, all four nations declare flights to and from Qatar will be stopped within a day. Trucks are not allowed to cross the Saudi Arabia-Qatar border. 


June 6

Qatar Airways suspends all flights to four blockading countries. As US President Donald Trump tweets out taking credit for the GCC Blockade, the Philippines bar its workers from travelling to the country. 


June 7

Turkish exporters say they are ready to step in and supply necessary food items for Qatar. Qatar brings home stranded passengers from Saudi Arabia via chartered flight. The Turkish Parliament passes special law to send troops to Qatar.


June 9

After blockading countries threaten its citizens with dire consequences for expressing sympathy with Qatar, Qataris are urged by the government to take the moral high road on social media.


June 11

Qatar declares it will not expel people from the countries illegally blocking them. But at the same time, they decide to hire international lawyers to take blockading countries to court. Qatar opens a direct maritime route to Oman’s Sohar Port, easing passage of food from around the world.

June 13

Qatar says any talks to shut down Al Jazeera is firmly off the table. US Ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith announces that she will leave her position by the end of the month


June 14

Qatar Airways announce that none of its international routes have been affected by the blockade.


June 15

Qatar signs a mega $12bn deal with the USA for buying F-15 jets. A few hours later, two US Naval ships arrive in the country for joint exercises. Meanwhile, the Philippines lift the travel ban to Qatar it had placed on its citizens. Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee releases shocking report that more than 13,000 Qatari citizens have been affected by the illegal blockade. 


June 19

With the deadline for Qatari citizens to leave neighbouring GCC countries arriving, hundreds return home. 


June 20

Qatar's Attorney General Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri says the hack of Qatar News Agency was carried out by a country involved in the siege of Qatar


June 21

HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani congratulates 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud for being appointed as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. On the same day, thousands of camels belonging to Qatari citizens are deported from Saudi Arabia and turned loose in the desert, leading to hundreds of them perishing. 


June 23

For the first time, the four blockading nations issue a set of 13 demands


June 24

Less than 24 hours after receiving a list of 13 demands, Qatar rejects it saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson puts his weight behind Qatar’s cause, saying the demands on Qatar were very difficult to meet.


June 29

UAE’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum urges Qatar to return to the GCC fold by penning a poem


June 30

Qatar’s defence minister Khaled Al Attiyah says the illegal blockade on Qatar is a declaration of war.


July 1

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says a Press conference in Rome that the list of 13 demands ‘was meant to be rejected.’


July 3

Kuwait seeks an extension of 48 hours for Qatar to respond to Saudi-bloc demands and it is granted. 


July 8

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives in Qatar to try and diffuse the tensions in the region.


July 9

Qatar decides to form a committee to seek compensation for damages from the blockade.


July 11

American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Doha for talks to try and diffuse the situation. Qatar sign a landmark deal with the US to combat terrorism

July 13

For the first time since the blockade began, UAE’s minister for the federal national council Noura Al Kaabi sought ‘fundamental change and restructuring’ of Al Jazeera rather than to shut it. She also says the Saudi-led group was ready to negotiate with Qatar.

July 17

The Washington Post publishes an explosive story which accuses the UAE of orchestrating the hack of Qatar News Agency, which directly led to the current ongoing crisis. On the same day, Egypt ended visa-free entry for Qatari citizens


July 19

Saudi-bloc of countries climb down from their 13 demands to ‘six broad principles’ Qatar need to follow in order for the blockade to be lifted. 


July 20

Qatar provides more hard evidence that the UAE was indeed behind the hacking of Qatar News Agency. 



July 21

HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issues a decree amending some provisions of a law on ‘combating terrorism.’ HH The Emir addresses the nation on TV for the first time since the crisis broke.


July 29

After several Qatari pilgrims face trouble in performing Hajj, Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of politicising the Hajj.


July 31

Qatar goes on the offensive and lodge a formal complaint with the World Trade Organisation over the blockade. The National Human Rights Committee also sends a letter to the UN about the Hajj obstacles.

August 1

Following a UN-led meeting, Qatar Airways is likely to have access to three contingency routes over international waters in early August.


August 2

Qatar seals a mammoth $5.9bn deal for navy vessels from Italy, which is expected to significantly empower the Emiri Navy. 


August 3

Qatar decides to grant permanent residency status to expatriates, subject to them fulfilling some criteria. 


August 5


August 7


August 8


August 9


August 12


August 15


August 16

August 17

* Saudi Arabia’s King Salman orders Qatar’s border be re-opened for use by Hajj pilgrims from the country.

* Qatar Volleyball Association threatens legal action against GCC Volleyball Organising Committee following the cancellation of regional events.


August 18


August 20

August 21

* An influential Saudi Arabian official tweets his followers to expose Qatar sympathisers online and put them on a blacklist.


August 22


August 23


August 25


August 26

* Turkey detain five people who are suspected of being involved in the hack of Qatar News Agency.

August 30


August 31


September 1


September 3

* Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said that the Gulf crisis is entirely fabricated.

September 5

* HH The Emir formally opens the pathbreaking Hamad Port for business.

* France appoints an envoy to mediate between Qatar and blockading nations


September 6

* The video of a Qatari who was allegedly beaten and humiliated in Saudi Arabia went viral on social media.


September 7

* US President Donald Trump calls for ‘united GCC’ and offers to mediate the crisis ‘at White House’ if needed.

September 8

  • In first official contact, Qatar’s Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani gets in touch with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


September 10

* Qatar announces it will grant ‘visa on arrival’ for Moroccans and Algerians.


September 11

* Noted newspaper New York Times reports that an ISIS statement on Qatar, carried by Saudi media, is a complete fake.


September 12

* An Art exhibit titled ‘100 days of blockade’ unveiled at the Doha Fire Station.


September 13

* HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim leaves Qatar for the first time since the crisis officially began on June 5. He met with Turkish president Erdogan.


September 17


September 18

* Qatar launches a website named ‘Lift the Blockade’ to combat the increasing menace of fake news.


September 19

September 24


September 27

* Qatar announces an ambitious plan that will change the face of tourism in the country.


September 29

* A British parliamentary team which visited Doha called for the urgent lifting of the illegal siege.


September 30

* HH The Emir gives an exclusive interview to British journalist Charlie Ross and he answers several pertinent questions related to the illegal siege.


October 1

October 2

October 6

* The US military confirms that it had halted joint exercises with the blockading nations over the Qatar crisis.


October 9


October 10

* The Primary Health Care Corporation confirms that it has served more than 15,000 citizens from siege nations after start of illegal blockade.


October 12

* Qatar requests the World Trade Organisation to adjudicate on its trade dispute with the UAE.

October 14

* HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim begins his tour of South East Asia.


October 17

* Qatar’s Foreign Minister says the Gulf crisis is hurting the fight against Islamic State.


October 18

* HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim denounces the unjust siege on Qatar and says the country is open to talks.

October 19

* US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blasts the Saudi-led bloc for the non-resolution of GCC crisis.


October 20

* An article in The Economist says that the boycott of Qatar is hurting its enforcers badly as well.


October 24

* Qatar hails the Kuwaiti Emir’s call for calm and reconciliation in the region.


October 25

* Qatar imposes sanctions on 11 individuals and two terrorism-related entities.

* In a major move, Qatar introduces minimum wages for workers for the first time in history.

October 27

* The ’Siege countries' hid their intentions during the Riyadh summit, says Qatar’s former Prime Minister.


October 28

* The US Ambassador to United Nations makes a U-turn and says that Qatar does not fund Hamas.


October 29

* Bahrain threatens to pull out of Gulf summit and calls for Qatar’s expulsion from the GCC bloc.


October 30

* Bahraini king says his country will boycott any and all summits which is attended by Qatar.

October 31

* The International Monetary Fund warns Gulf nations of weakened medium-term growth due to the crisis.


November 1


November 2

* BMI Research releases a report saying that the effects of the illegal siege on Qatar is slowly fading.

November 4


November 5

* Bahrain escalates tensions by re-opening an old border dispute that was resolved long ago.

* A helicopter crash near Yemen kills high-ranking Saudi prince and seven other travellers.

November 7

* A UAE song called “Tell Qatar” gets hilarious Twitter response from Qatar residents.


November 8

* Qatar accuses the four blockading nations of fragmenting the Gulf Cooperation Council.


November 9

* In a historic first, Qatar appoints four women to the Advisory Council.

* A secret plan by the UAE has been revealed to wage an economic war against Qatar!


November 14

* HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim says Qatar has been a ‘thousand times better off’ without the siege countries.

* A visit by the King of Morocco to Qatar has been hailed as a stupendous success.


November 15

* HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim holds productive talks with Turkish President Erdogan in Doha.


November 16

* Qatar and Sudan announce they will jointly build the Red Sea coast’s largest sea port.


November 17


November 19

* Qatar continues to innovate and announce that expats will soon be able to do residency procedures at home country before flying to Qatar.


November 20

* The siege nations are sabotaging the stability of the entire region, says Qatari foreign minister.


November 22

* Qatar decides to move forward with implementation of pathbreaking Permanent Residency law.

November 23

* Egypt reportedly imposes entry visas on Qatari citizens.


November 24

* The country plans to remain the world’s leading LNG supplier, says Qatar’s Energy minister.


November 25

* Qatar Central Bank chief says the illegal siege on Qatar has had no impact on the country.


November 26


November 27

* On why the financial war on Qatari Riyal has failed, and why it could backfire on region.


November 28

* Qatar aims to get self-sufficient in milk supply by the end of July, 2018.

* A team from Amnesty International arrives in Doha to assess the impact of illegal blockade on Qatar.


November 29

* The Qatar Investment Authority chief says that the blockade has had only a minimal impact on Qatar.


December 1

* Signs of a breakthrough emerge as Qatar and Saudi Arabia decide to attend GCC summit.

December 2

* Qatar-based Muslim group decides to sue blockading countries over its placement in ‘terrorism list’


December 4

* The six Gulf ministers meet for the first time to hold talks before GCC summit.

By Hazira• 6 months 2 weeks ago.

Well defined with all the details . We support Qatar .We are Qatar . .

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