- Title: Gulf rift threatens air travel disruption across region
- Date: 5th June 2017
- Summary: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (JUNE 5, 2017) (REUTERS) MAIN STREET TRAFFIC STREET SIGN READING (Arabic and English): "AR RIYADH CENTER" BANNER WITH PICTURE OF SAUDI ROYAL FAMILY STREET 3D SIGN READING (English): "I LOVE RIYADH" EXTERIOR OF QATAR AIRWAYS OFFICE LOGO OF QATAR AIRWAYS CUSTOMER, AHMED SANAD LEAVING QATAR AIRWAYS OFFICE SANAD HOLDING FAMILY PASSPORT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) QATAR AIRWAYS CUSTOMER, AHMED SANAD, SAYING: "I had a travel reservation to Italy, and after the decisions that have been made, I came to check what was happening? Will I retrieve the ticket, change the flight â€¦etc., they told me (Qatar Airways) that whoever has a trip within the next three days can either get a refund of the price of the ticket or be transferred to another airline." VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS WALKING IN AND OUT OF QATAR AIRWAYS OFFICE EXTERIOR OF QATAR NATIONAL BANK HEADQUARTERS SIGN READING (English and Arabic): "QATAR NATIONAL BANK" EXTERIORS OF INVESTMENT VBANK, ALKHAIR CAPITAL HEADQUARTERS VARIOUS OF TICKETING OF SAUDI STOCK EXCHANGE
- Embargoed: 19th June 2017 13:21
- Keywords: support for Muslim brotherhood Qatar Airways Saudi Arabia and Qatar
- Location: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- City: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016K03R5Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Air travel across the Gulf region and beyond faces major disruption following the move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to sever ties with Qatar, accusing the tiny oil rich state of supporting terrorism.
Saudi Arabia on Monday (June 5) banned Qatari airlines from its airspace, while Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways and Dubai's Emirates Airline said they would suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice.
Closing all transport ties with Qatar, the three Gulf states gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave.
Qatar Airways said on its official website it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.
Stock markets in Dubai and several other Gulf centres fell on Monday - although not by nearly as much as Qatar - where stock market index sank 7.5 percent - in a sign that investors around the region were worried.
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