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Second Edition of Expo Turkey at Doha

The second edition of “Expo turkey” held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) with much excitement in the air. The event coincides with the ongoing Qatar-Turkey Economic Forum, which kicked off on Tuesday making the event more important for both Turkey and Qatar economic cooperation.

The event is hosting more than 150 Turkish companies from the real estate, construction, information, food, machinery, food and health, tourism sectors, participating in the exhibition.

The inauguration witnessed the presence of top business leaders from Qatar and Turkey, senior diplomats and dignitaries and top officials from private industry representatives of both sides, including the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, M Rifat Hisarciklioglu.

The three day event is organised solely by Turkey’s Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MUSIAD) with the aim of promoting Qatar as a gateway for Turkish products to reach 400 million customers in the regional market.

As this is the second year of Expo Turkey, it indicates strengthening of strategic economic ties between Qatar and Turkey. The event gives an opportunity to the business verticals in Qatar and Turkey to communicate and exchange various prospects of expanding business in the region.

Moreover, the event is also expected to prove to be a fruitful platform for Qatari importers to contact Turkish manufacturers and represent them in the local market for quality products at reasonable cost, which will help them in manufacturing better quality of products at reasonable prices and at the same time expand market for Turkish products.

Apart from the exhibition of products by Turkish firms, the event also portrays strong commitment by Turkey and Qatar to streamline practical mechanisms for further developing the economic cooperation and trade exchange. This event further gives an opportunity to explore innovative and promising avenues that will have mutually befitting results for both Turkey and Qatar.

The ongoing blockade has enabled a close connection between Turkey and Qatar as they tend to realise new opportunities of economic cooperation that were otherwise mostly showed by other countries in the region.

The success of the event highly depends on the number of prospects that actually materialise from the bilateral meetings, including Business-to-Business (B2B) events arranged on the sidelines of the event.







Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan in 2016

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will head to Turkey this week to meet the country’s president, in his first overseas trip since the Gulf dispute started.

The visit was announced by Turkey, which will also host Kuwait’s Emir at the same time.

Turkey is a key ally of Qatar’s, and the two nations have grown even closer this summer amid the ongoing Gulf crisis.

Al Meera

Turkish dairy products

Ankara has supported Doha with food imports. It also sped up the deployment of Turkish troops to the country, as per a 2014 military agreement.

President Recep Erdogan has also pushed for a resolution to the Gulf dispute, saying it “is not in anyone’s interests” to continue it.

Travel plans

It’s been more than 100 days since Qatar’s neighbors instituted an air, sea and land blockade against the nation for political reasons.

There has been little progress in resolving the dispute, despite mediation efforts from Kuwait and the US.

Qatari officials including the foreign minister have been traveling all over the world to bolster support for their side.


Images of support for Qatar\’s Emir at the Pearl

But the Emir has so far stayed put amid Saudi Arabia’s support of a new leader in Qatar.

The strategy appeared to be a wise one. In the past 50 years, two of Qatar’s Emirs have been overthrown while traveling overseas, including the Emir’s own grandfather.

Sheikh Tamim is also reportedly expected to travel a bit farther next week, to attend the annual UN General Assembly in New York.



Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan kicked off an official trip to the GCC yesterday with a visit to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

He first went to Jeddah, where he met King Salman and new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the ongoing GCC crisis.

Prior to leaving Istanbul, Erdogan stressed it “is not in anyone’s interests” to continue the dispute.


Flags of the boycotting nations (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt).

According to Al Jazeera, he also blamed unnamed “enemies” for seeking to “fire up tensions between brothers” in the region.

Erdogan has proven to be a key ally to Qatar since the country’s neighbors closed their borders and airspace, and is expected in Doha today.

He is the fifth world leader to visit the region to help resolve the crisis. It began nearly two months ago after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE closed their borders and airspace to Qatar for political reasons.

International support

So far, Turkey, France, the US and mediator Kuwait have all urged the Gulf states to end their fight with Qatar.

Just yesterday, the UK’s foreign secretary added his voice.

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Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson

In a statement, Boris Johnson welcomed recent changes Qatar made to its terrorism laws, adding:

“We hope in turn Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain respond by taking steps toward lifting the embargo. This will allow substantive discussions on remaining differences to begin.”

However, the boycotting countries continue to pressure Qatar to meet several demands.

In response to a speech the Emir made over the weekend, a senior UAE official welcomed Sheikh Tamim’s call for dialogue.

But he added that Qatar must make certain changes before talks can start.

That said, the UAE’s telecom providers did unblock Qatar-owned BeinSports this week, raising hopes that resolution is near.

Turkey’s help

When he visits Qatar today, Erdogan is expected to receive a warm welcome.

Turkey has supported Qatar over the past several weeks with food imports and by speeding up the deployment of Turkish troops to the country, as per a 2014 military agreement.

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Turkish troops arrive in Qatar

This will reportedly be Erdogan’s first face-to-face meeting with the Emir since the dispute began last month.