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Qatar to bar Saudis, Bahrainis and Emiratis from Harrods in response to ambassador withdrawal

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Qatar to bar Saudis, Bahrainis and Emiratis from Harrods in response to ambassador withdrawal

Analysts consider move to be “hugely aggressive”

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DOHA: Just a day after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced that they were withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar, officials in Doha have revealed an immediate response.

In an announcement made this morning, Qatari authorities revealed that all GCC nationals, with the exception of Qataris, Kuwaitis and Omanis, would be henceforth banned from entering London’s upmarket department store, Harrods.

“Sure, they can withdraw their ambassadors, but let’s see how they feel when they can’t enjoy a luxury retail experience spread over seven floors, 330 departments and 20,000 square metres in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods,” the Consultative Assembly of Qatar said in a statement.

Experts now fear the move could spark a tit-for-tat series of exchanges between Qatar and the other countries.

“This is a very aggressive move by Qatar and really hits the GCC nationals affected where it hurts,” said Middle East analyst Bella Cockpit. “I wouldn’t be surprised if next week we next hear of Qataris being banned from Manchester City football matches.”

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  1. Bella Cockpit

    March 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I never said that

    • Gregory

      March 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Thank you for the clarification Bella. What exactly did you say on this topic?

    • Anonymous

      June 7, 2017 at 12:48 am

      Not in UK! This is a hox..

  2. Percy Abdul Al Jones

    March 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thata Harrods profits down 50% then. Bella, whats a Middle East analyst?

  3. Anonymous

    March 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Only idiots combine business with politics
    . Henceforth the other nationals will take their business elsewhere..tough one qatar..

  4. Essy

    March 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    ehhh u guys do know this is a website dedicated to satire right??

    • Anonymous

      March 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm


  5. amy

    March 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    This has got to be a joke.

    • Anonymous

      December 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      That is an exceptionally astute observation……

  6. Anonymous

    March 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This is the most stupid response anyone can make cause it is the business that is going to be hit severely. Anyone can shop anywhere and there are lots of other luxurious outlets… Soon you will put Harrods for sale when the losses are up to your neck you bunch of idiots…

    • admin

      March 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      This is a website dedicated to satire. It’s a JOKE!

  7. Anonymous

    March 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    After Bella’s comment I don’t believe any of the rest remains credible.

  8. James

    March 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Oh come on! See the top banner of the site. Satire, Satirical! Look it up!

  9. Isha Yahbal

    March 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Comments are even funnier than the story, especially the serious anonymous guy !

  10. fatima

    March 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    the Qataris will lose out , those guys can spend quite a bit in a single shopping trip

  11. LMFAO

    March 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Hilarious, some people never even read the website title , lmfao

  12. Chilled mate

    March 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Hahaha. Can’t believe people are taking this article seriously …the comments are tu ally funnier that the article itself lmao! As for Qatar shhhhh!!! You can’t do shit!!! You’re screwed Khalas lol

  13. Yeah, so?!

    March 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Keep your little shop! Plans are in motion to get all Al Thanis blackballed from the Jockey Club. No Harrods for us? No Horsey for you!

  14. Jacqueline

    March 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    They will just go to Harvey Nichols

  15. SAaD

    March 6, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    How stupidly immature behavior, if it’s true.
    The world can survive without harrods.
    (Although, I never knew that in any retail shop, they check nationalities of clients, unless the qataries will have officers at the enterance to check the clients nationalities).

  16. Anonymous

    March 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Uk won’t allow this to happen! It’s against the law to discriminate

  17. Anonymous

    March 6, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    why dont you do the same with Russia and Iran ,,,,,,, you could finish the Syrian dictator and return the UAE Islands .

  18. Anonymous

    March 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    They simply can’t do that in the UK. They will be sued for prejudicism.

    • Sheikh me gently

      March 10, 2014 at 2:36 am

      You can’t be sued for judaism in da UK

  19. Anonymous

    March 6, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Wow this is definitely the stupidest thing I have ever seen.

  20. Tom

    March 7, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Your all idiots

    • Anonymous

      June 6, 2017 at 7:55 pm


  21. Anonymous

    March 7, 2014 at 4:10 am

    This is false information, complete crap!

  22. shelo9

    March 7, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Once again I applaud Pan-Arabian for a brilliant article and for inciting such stupidity in the comments section. Keep up the good work 😀 x

  23. fur

    March 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I am Qatari student in London. .. I haven’t seen anything like banned signs I go there with my friends Saudi students! This is one big joke!

    • knowledgeable

      March 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Well, it’s definitely under consideration, because my friend’s cousin’s camel works in the executive management at Harrods – so Saudi students. enter pretend they are Qataris.

    • Sheron

      June 7, 2017 at 5:49 am

      You definitely need some education if you think a rag with a mission statement to spread hoummous on the flatbread of life is serious lol

  24. Anonymous

    March 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    i dont think its true , but we all know qatar is really bad in doing business and they always try buying out Dubai and plus we dont give a damn about “harrods” its their lose and this place became horrible after them buying it.

    qatar=donkey land

  25. Anonymous

    March 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I am Qatari just for all your info this dad is fake and we Qataris believe Saudia, Bahrain & Uae is our second home and even the people of GCC we are always one and we will always remind one no one can separate us.

  26. Dickie

    March 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    The comments are just so brilliant. Please, please keep up the good work of letting the whole world know that the region has the planet’s best idiots.

  27. Anonymous

    March 7, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    LOOOL OMG!!! Its a JOKEEE serioulsy take it easyyyy

  28. Anonymous

    March 8, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Do they usually ask for their passports at the entrance,?

  29. Hisham

    March 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

    They can’t do that. Any one is free to enter ANY SHOP!

    • Hans

      June 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Well tell that the Saudi ladies in Riad…

  30. toufiq

    March 8, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Ha! Just wait until Saudi, Bahrain, and UAE withdraw from the World Cup. The Qatar competiton will be devoid of all value.

  31. Anonymous

    March 8, 2014 at 11:47 am


  32. Anonymous

    March 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    If you believe this is true then you must be from Qatar then! This is the UK…no one can discriminate like this…it’s a joke

  33. Maurice

    March 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Soooooo funny on two counts, one that this is a serious article, two that there is no discrimination in the UK. Amazing lack of perception being displayed about this article.

  34. Salim

    March 9, 2014 at 10:12 am


  35. ghost rider

    March 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I heard Qatari’s are being banned from entering Costco’s in North America as retaliation for this egregious act of defiance. The Bedouin camel cavalry is being massed on the border for invasion as we speak. This shizzle is about to get real yo!

    • Harrods Spokesperson

      March 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Guys calm down this is a joke “the Onion” kind of news. I find it hysterical….

      As a spokesperson for Harrods I categorically deny the alleged decision, we at Harrods welcome all GCC money especially spent on all kinds of overpriced accessories and ludicrous fashion and colors that no one else buys…

  36. Anonymous

    March 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I’m still ready to offer more insight into the crisis – @BellaCockPit

  37. Bentley Gobshite

    March 12, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Are all the dumb people in the world living in GCC????

  38. Reggie Roganjosh

    March 12, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I shake my head from side to side at you — you naughty people!

  39. Karim

    March 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    well yeah them Gulf dudes are really dumb

  40. Anonymous

    March 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    And I suppose you Karim the Lebo are a brianiac!

  41. omk

    March 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    QATARIS = YAHOOD IL ARAB ………………5nooth

  42. haro

    July 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    harrods is fucked!

  43. Mohamermactah

    January 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    That means im going to have to get my dildos from elsewhere sad times

  44. nobletunes

    January 5, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I was denied entrance to harrods last week, in my state of shock i went into a frenzy and sprayed my cousins with champagne. my cousin now needs eye surgery due to a cork nearly blinding him.

    We must negotiate with our brothers from Qatar or we might all go blind.

  45. John

    June 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    That is an amazing response. And might I suggest closing the three ring circus too.

  46. HK

    June 6, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Can they do it London? I mean law of land applies. And how would they determine the nationalities? Will they ask for passport for all visitors?

  47. Anonymous

    June 6, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    all those who didn’t get this was a joke should consider whether they deserve suffrage. Once they’ve googled what it means.

  48. Anonymous

    June 6, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    They will loose money

  49. Bella Cockpit

    June 6, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Just to Clarify this was taken out of context, but we have banned Saudis trying to flog oil in the main lobby.

  50. Anonymous

    June 7, 2017 at 4:27 am


  51. ifti

    June 7, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I totally support the Qatari move – in fact I will tell my friends in the Al-Thani family to buy The Dorchester, along with a couple of casinos in London and maybe alos the MonteCarlo Casino then lets see where our hotheaded Saudi friends will find any entertainment – and also tell all the friends of Qatar to change the colour of their fan belt (that stuff they wear on their heads) from black to pink so that they may be recognized easily – Wishing Qatar the best of luck

  52. Anonymous

    June 7, 2017 at 6:06 am

    This could escalate quickly to an all out Middle East/Gobal crisis,with Iranians barred from Ladurée macaron cafés.

  53. Anonymous

    June 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Its a childhood action from Qater will cause reduction in sales and profit

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