Gulf visitors are choosing Turkey in spite of GCC crisis

Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gulf visitorsMahmoud al-Abbasi looks absolutely cool and relaxed as he looks at the charming lake in Uzungol. He is a visitor from the Saudi city of Medina. This beautiful lake is based 100kms southeast of Trabzon, facing the mountain village.

“It feels like home and it is relief from the weather in Saudi,” he says of the village, exhaling the smoke from a water pipe. “The rain is amazing.”

Over half a million Gulf tourists are anticipated to move down on the undulating land and valleys of the Black Sea region of Turkey in spite of the continuous crisis on Gulf quartet Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain against Qatar, which is getting the support of Turkey.

In a key military exercise, Ankara lately has made clear its support for Qatar along with Qatari forces and transfering troops to a Turkish military base in Doha. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President has also wanted to push for a good bargain by shuttling between Gulf leaders back in July when he assembled with different State heads.

This winter, Abbasi, will be returning to Uzungol to enjoy the snow, explains that the political climate at present is of little concern to him. “But I hope it can be solved soon,” he says.

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