Doha has marked the 1st anniversary of the Saudi-led embargo with a high-profile Exxon hook-up. The move highlights the futility of efforts to isolate Qatar.

After Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed an economic embargo on Qatar on 5 June 2017 it swiftly became clear that Doha’s hydrocarbon wealth would enable it to ride out the storm (MEES, 9 June 2017). As the world’s largest LNG exporter with 77mn t/y capacity, Qatar was too important an economic partner for key...