Qatar boycott benefits Oman's ports

Port of Sohar Port of Sohar is one of two ports in Oman seeing increased traffic as a result of the economic blockade on Qatar

Oman, rather than the UAE, is benefitting from the Middle East economic blockade of Qatar, Qatar’s Hamad Port has indicated.

Hamad Port is operating at full capacity, with the only change to business being that Doha-bound ships are transiting through two Omani ports, rather than Jebel Ali port in Dubai, UAE, said Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Yafei, Hamad Port director, according to Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera reported Mr Al-Yafei stated: "The only thing that has happened is that the ships in the past were depending on Jebel Ali Port as a hub port, but now we are cooperating with our brothers in the Sultanate of Oman, and we thank them, of course, for their generous cooperation with us and the quickness of their action.”

Mr Al-Yafei declared that there were plans to increase the port's capacity that remain on schedule, said Al Jazeera.

Countries involved in a dispute over Qatar’s perceived support for Islamist groups include Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, which have cut air and sea traffic to the peninsular country.

Qatar, largely dependent on food imports, has been forced to abandon supplies through its land border with Saudi Arabia, instead increasing imports by air from Turkey, Iran and China since the boycott began in May. Turkey also started shipping products to Qatar by sea.

Hamad Port is thought to have received 212 ships in June and possess the ability to process 7.5m containers a year.

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