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[UPDATE] Diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region

Update: Hundreds of Kenyans stranded

UPDATE – June 9. For hundreds of Kenyans working in Qatar, it is unclear how they will get home.  The airspace around the oil state is closed off for Qatar Airways by neighboring countries.

The booming economic growth in Qatar attracted hundreds of Kenyans who are working in sectors such as the hotel and restaurant industry. There are also a high number of Kenyan professional athletes who have switched nationalities.

Business Insider reports Kenyan officials called in a crisis meeting to discuss a way forward over Qatar tricky diplomatic situation. So far Qatar Airways has not released alternative routes for Kenyans.

Update June 6th:

The Gulf region has been hit by its most devastating diplomatic crisis in recent years. Amid the row, major airlines have suspended travel to and from Qatar. In this article, we provide you with all the latest details as they have unfolded.

Diplomatic row has caused havoc with airlines

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar. The countries mentioned above have announced they will suspend all air, sea and land transport to and from Qatar, according to reports.

This diplomatic rift in the Gulf region has resulted in significant disruptions with airlines in the area. Major carriers have suspended their flights hence leaving many passengers stranded at airports in the Gulf.

Qatar Airways, on its website, reported that it has terminated flights to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt until further notice.

Commencing Tuesday morning, Dubai's Emirates and Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways are canceling all flights to and from Doha and Qatar. Both airlines are offering full refunds on unused tickets. Travelers can as well rebook to other cities without incurring additional charges. FlyDubai, a Dubai-based budget carrier, said it is suspending its flights to Qatar effective Tuesday. Air Arabia from the UAE has its last flight to Qatar on Monday, while Saudi Arabian Airlines, in a Twitter post, announced to have canceled all travel to Qatar from Monday morning henceforth. Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, divulged that its daily service between Manama and Doha would also be suspended until further notice. Last but not the least, Egypt's Ministry of Aviation said it will 'halt all flights between Egypt and Qatar and close off Egyptian airspace to Qatari aircraft that seek to land or bypass through' beginning Tuesday.

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