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A local businessman is planning to fly some 4,000 cows into Qatar to jumpstart a new dairy farm.

The aim is to help boost Qatar’s fresh milk supply, which suffered after the Gulf dispute erupted last week.

According to Bloomberg, the $8 million project is the brainchild of Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding.

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Moutaz Al Khayyat

Al Khayyat is used to thinking big. He also heads Urbacon Trading & Contracting (UCC), which built the Mall of Qatar.

Speaking to Bloomberg, the official said the cows will be flown in on as many as 60 Qatar Airways flights, from Australia and the US. They weigh some 590kg apiece.

“This is the time to work for Qatar,” he said.

New producer

Up until a week ago, most of Qatar’s fresh dairy products came from Saudi Arabia.

But now that the border is closed, the country has been importing milk, yogurt and other goods from Iran and Turkey, among others.

It has also been selling its own homegrown products, though these are in limited supply.

However, Al Khayyat has been working to get a farm some 50km north of Doha up and running, as part of a larger plan to boost food security in Qatar.

According to Bloomberg:

“On a site covering the equivalent of almost 70 soccer fields, new grey sheds line two strips of verdant grass in the desert with a road running through the middle up to a small mosque.

It produces sheep milk and meat and there were already plans to import the cows by sea. Then Qatar was ostracized, so the project was expedited.”

The goal now is to launch milk production by month’s end, instead of in September.

Al Khayyat also ambitiously forecasted that his farm would cover a third of Qatar’s demand for fresh dairy by mid-July.

Thoughts?

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Qatar is well-placed to ride out the recent siege-like conditions that were recently imposed on it by its neighbors, a senior Chamber of Commerce (QC) official has said.

Though its land border with Saudi Arabia is closed, Qatar is still receiving food and other supplies through Hamad Port and air cargo, QC Chief Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani said.

All in all, the country has enough stocks to sustain its people for 12 months, he added, according to the Peninsula.

New Doha Port Project

Hamad Port is now going to bring in the majority of supplies.

The newspaper said that the QC held a meeting with 40 major food companies this week. They have negotiated new contracts with different suppliers since the recent falling out with some Gulf states.

One of the countries that have offered to supply food to Qatar is Iran.

Consumer confidence

Qatar has been working to boost consumer confidence after three of its neighbors cut diplomatic and economic ties with the nation on Monday.

Shortly after news of the Gulf dispute broke, some shoppers in Qatar rushed to stores to stockpile fresh milk and other goods.

But to quell any panic buying, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce has been posting videos of fully stocked grocery stores on social media.

Despite this, Qatar’s detractors said they are hopeful that the country won’t be able to hold out much longer without their help.

Speaking to the BBC yesterday, Saudi’s foreign minister said that closing its border with Qatar should help motivate it to behave “like a normal country.”

Saudi’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said:

“The decisions that were made were very strong and will have a fairly large cost on Qatar and we do not believe that Qataris want to sustain those costs.”

But his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, told CNN that it would not bow to nations who wish to control its sovereignty.

He added that the Emir had instructed officials to prepare for this contingency back in 2014.

That is when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE temporarily pulled their ambassadors from Qatar to protest its politics.

Thoughts?

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Iftar offerings at 7st Mumbai Spices

Many Qatar residents love to go out for iftar during Ramadan, but dinner can be a costly affair.

That said, there are many restaurants around town that offer reasonably-priced (and tasty!) iftars.

We wrote about a bunch of them last year.

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Al Aker Sweets

And this Ramadan, the team at NRIcafe.com have produced a long list of venues that serve iftar meals in Qatar for less than QR100.

Below are just five of their suggestions.

7Street by Mumbai Spices

This restaurant is offering a “nostalgic Ramadan food walk” at its restaurant near the Thursday and Friday market on the Main Industrial Area road.

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7st Mumbai Spices

7St Mumbai Spices promises an “iftar just like in the streets of Mumbai” and charges QR90 for all-you-can eat kababs, lamb and chicken, salads, chaats and biryani. Call 44877795 to book.

Tamarind Indian

This eatery in Lagoona Mall is offering a three-course set iftar menu for QR59 or a QR65 buffet for groups of more than 20 people.

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The menu includes dates and fruit to break the fast, followed by a starter, main course and dessert featuring dishes like chicken curry, halloumi kebabs, lamb kathi rolls, dal and gulab jamun. Call 44815544 to book.

Zaffran Dining Experience

The Zaffran Dining Experience on C-Ring road in Al Hilal is offering a “Grand Iftar Buffet” for QR95 per person, or QR85 per person for groups of 10 or more.

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The Iftar buffet at Zaffran

Dishes on offer include shish tawouk, lamb kabsa, kibbeh labniya and butter chicken. Call 44477747 to book.

Copacabana

This Brazilian restaurant in Souq Wakrah is serving up a QR55 iftar buffet each day.

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Copacabana

Food items span Brazilian, Arabic, Indian and Japanese choices, and include soups, salads, grilled meats, fruit and assorted desserts. To book, call 31196242.

Gokulam Park Hotel

Finally, the Gokulam Park Hotel near the upcoming Qatar National Museum is offering what it bills “a lavish Iftar buffet.”

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A buffet at the Gokulam Park hotel

For QR69 per person, you’ll get salads and Arabic mezzes, Arabic and international main courses, desserts, fruit and special Ramadan drinks. To book, call 30138705.

For the full list of all venues under QR100, check out nricafe.com.

What have you been eating for iftar this Ramadan? Thoughts?