Airlift 2.0: Qatari businessman to fly 4,000 cows to beat Saudi blockade
The race between Qatar and its neighbors has disrupted trade, divided families and threatened to change long geopolitical alliances. He also asked a businessman from Qatar to steal the cows in the Gulf wilderness 4000 in an act of resistance and the opportunity to fill the void left by the collapse of fresh milk supply.
A maximum of 60 Qatar Airways flights will be delivered to deliver the 590 kg animals that Moutaz Al Khayyat, president of International Power Holding, bought in Australia and the United States. “It’s time to work for Qatar,” he said.
Led by Saudi Arabia, Qatar is accused of supporting Islamic militants, charges were repeatedly rejected. The isolation that began on June 5 forced the richest per capita country in the world to open new trade routes to import food, construction materials and equipment for the natural gas industry. The central bank said that domestic and international transactions were functioning normally.
Turkish dairy products were transported, and Iranian fruits and vegetables are on the way. There is also a campaign to buy handicrafts. Signs with colors of the Qatari flag were placed next to dairy products in stores. A sign hanging from the ceiling, said: “Together for the support of local products.”
“It’s a message of defiance, we do not need more,” said Umm Issa, 40, a government employee who watches supermarket shelves before taking a carton of Turkish milk to try. “Our government made sure there were shortages and we are grateful.We are not afraid.No one will die of hunger.”
Most of the fresh milk and dairy products to over 1 million people Doha comes from Saudi Arabia for up to a week. Milk is rare after the United Arab Emirates and two allies cut transportation connections with a country that spends $ 500 million a week to prepare the stadiums and the subway before the World Cup in 2022 .
Al Khayyat, whose main activity is a construction company that built the largest commercial center in Qatar, developed the company’s agricultural activity on a farm 50 kilometers north of Doha. Food security is part of the Qatari government’s strategy to divert the economy from petrodollars, known as Saudi Arabia, as “Vision 2030”.
In a site that covers the equivalent of about 70 football fields, new gray sheds bordering two strips of green grass in the desert with a road through the middle of a small mosque. It produces milk and mutton and is already expected to import cows by sea. Then, Qatar has been ruled out, then the project has accelerated.
Fresh milk production will begin later this month instead of September and eventually covers a third of Qatar’s demand by mid-July, Al Khayyat said in his Doha office. Facilities for Holstein cows are ready, although the company will have an impact on the cost of shipping for the animals, which increased more than five times to 8 million.
“No one in their daily lives feels a crisis,” said Al Khayyat. “The government is working hard so there is no effect.”