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Imports to Qatar are blocked, so an entrepreneur is flying 4,000 dairy cows into the country

4,000 cows

Qatari entrepreneur Moutaz Al Khayyat is flying 4,000 cows into Qatar to produce milk locally.

Published   |  Photo by Reuters/Luke MacGregor
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Since early June, neighboring countries are isolating Qatar. They stopped trade, cut diplomatic ties, and blocked air, land, and sea routes.

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But most of the food consumed in the small nation is imported through those larger Gulf neighbors, like the UAE.

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Khayyat was already planning to bring the cows by sea. But with the blockade, he will have to fly them in, using 60 flights.

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Moving the Holstein cows by airplane instead of ship will cost five times more, about $8 million.

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Khayyat is seizing a business opportunity, but there is also some nationalistic pride in the project.

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To avoid shortages, Qatari companies are increasing production. And to support the economy, locally made goods are being labeled with flags in supermarkets.

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