The first direct flights since 2017 between Qatar and its former rivals Egypt and the UAE took to the skies on Monday, following the end of a regional crisis. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar over its support for terrorism. The quartet agreed to heal the rift at a Gulf summit on January 5 in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla. The first commercial flight from Qatar to Egypt in three and a half years, an EgyptAir service to Cairo, took off from windswept Doha airport. It was followed shortly after by the arrival of an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah in the UAE. A Qatar Airways plane was due to also make the trip to Cairo later Monday. Flights between Doha and Saudi Arabia, which has also opened its land border to Qatar, resumed on January 11. ...read more...