DP World closes UAE ports to all Qatar cargo
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DP World has announced that all vessels carrying the Qatari flag or Qatari cargo will no longer be allowed to enter any of its ports in the United Arab Emirates.
The port operator, with its flagship container port at Jebel Ali, said the move was in line with the UAE government's recent decision on severing diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar.
"Vessels with the flag of Qatar or vessels destined to or arriving from Qatar are not allowed to call at any DP World terminals in the UAE until further notice," DP World said in a statement.
The move effectively blockades the vast majority of sea freight to or from Qatar as there are no mainliner ocean freight services calling in Doha without also calling in Jebel Ali Port.
The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and five other states, on Monday severed all trade and diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar.
Qatari diplomats in UAE were given 48 hours to exit the country, while citizens and tourists had 14 days to leave.
Airlines from four countries suspended air operations to Qatar, while closing their own air spaces to Qatar Airways.