- End to Gulf blockade will see rise in cross-border trade and travel, but unresolved foreign policy tensions mean diplomatic ties will remain strained
- Qatari citizens will seek to return to popular destinations, though COVID-19 restrictions will continue to dampen potential for tourism in coming months
- Qatar will continue to pursue independent foreign policy, delaying full normalisation of ties and ensuring potential for future disputes
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders announced an end to the Saudi-led embargo of Qatar on 5 January, signing a joint declaration billed as a “solidarity and stability” deal at the close of the GCC summit in the Saudi city of al-Ula. Washington’s Middle East envoy Jared Kushner flew to Saudi Arabia to attend the signing ceremony.
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