Qatar got a shock when a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other neighbors imposed an embargo in 2017. The tiny emirate faced collapse. But in retrospect it may have been a salutary shock; Qatar's economy is now flourishing.
More than a million foreign workers have been sent packing as Gulf leaders face pressure to hire more locals. Despite the region's reputation for exploitation and rigidity, many foreigners still dream of Arabia.
Eighteen months after a Saudi-led blockade was imposed, Qatar isn't just moving on but planning to move ahead. The desert country shows it has the gumption — and the money — to brook frosty relations with its neighbors.
Reaching the final of the Asian Cup is the biggest success in Qatar's footballing history. But will this give football a long term boost in a country that was controversially awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
At a Qatar investment conference in Berlin, Germany is hoping for energy investment, while an economic blockade has propelled the small Gulf state to shop for other partners beyond its neighbors.
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