The Impact of the Qatar Crisis on the Omani Relations

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Cuneyt Yenigun , Hani Albasoos, Sara Al-Zadjali


Objectives: The Qatar crisis could be a reason for strengthening trade and diplomatic ties between Qatar and Oman. As a result of the trust between both countries, the crisis provided Oman's chance to support Qatar in many fields, such as trade and diplomacy. This study discusses how Oman increased its trade and diplomacy with Qatar. It contains two main variables, the Omani-Qatari relations, independent variable, and the impacts on trade and diplomacy, dependent variable. The research aims to identify the level of influence of the crisis on Oman and Qatar's relations. Methods: This paper adopts a qualitative approach method to achieve the objectives, where semi-structured interviews were conducted with elites, mostly from the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It also employs secondary data from articles, books, and reports. It applies thematic analysis technique as it suits the issue under study, where the information followed by analyzing the interviews results and other data. Results: The research identifies the impact of the crisis on future scenarios of relations; and suggests some practical recommendations to strengthen those relations both within the current crisis and after. Conclusion: This research reveals that the Qatar crisis has positive impacts on Oman and strengthened its bilateral relations with Qatar. Both countries developed relations primarily in the fields of trade and diplomacy

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