Flyers beware—there's a new kind of travel ban right here in the Middle East


Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways. Image: Vytautas Kielaitis /


Have you already booked a ticket to travel during the Eid holidays? Or perhaps you’re searching for flights for a business trip? Whatever the reason, it’s a good idea to check out the latest developments in the Middle East that could affect your travel plans. 

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain severed their relations with Qatar today, accusing it of supporting terrorism, and the move has severely affected flights across the countries. 

UAE-based airlines Etihad, Emirates and Fly Dubai have announced that they are suspending flights to and from Doha from Tuesday until further notice. Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has suspended all flights to Qatar, according to its official Twitter account on Monday, but no further details were given. 

Similarly, Bahrain’s Gulf Air said it will suspend flights to and from Doha from Monday night, according to a statement. The airline’s multiple daily service will cease from 23:59 local Bahrain time until further notice.

The three Gulf states have given Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave. Qatar is also expelled from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Egypt is yet to halt flight services to Doha but has given the Qatari ambassador in Cairo 48 hours to leave the country and has recalled its senior representative in Doha.



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