A Qatari businessman will fly 4,000 cows to the Gulf desert in an act of “resistance and opportunity” to fill the void due to collapse of the supply chain of fresh milk following severing of ties with Saudi Arabia.
The showdown between Qatar and its neighbors, includinh Saudi Arabia and the UAE, has disrupted trade, split families and threatened to alter long-standing geopolitical alliances
It will take as many as 60 flights for Qatar Airways to deliver the 590-kilogram beasts that Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, bought in Australia and the U.S. “This is the time to work for Qatar,” he said, according to Indian Express.
Saudi Arabia and other countries have severed ties with Qatar after charging it with supporting militants, a charge the sheikhdom has repeatedly denied.
The isolation that started on June 5 has forced the world’s richest country by capita to open new trade routes to import food, building materials and equipment for its natural gas industry.
Most of the fresh milk and dairy products for Doha’s more than 1 million population came from Saudi Arabia up until a week ago. That milk is getting scarce after the kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and two allies cut transport links with Qatar