The images of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani hang on the towers in Doha, Qatar.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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It's been a year since three of Qatar's neighbors plus Egypt severed ties with the Gulf state, cut off exports, expelled their citizens and banned Qatari flights from using their airports and airspace.Turkey boosted its military presence in Qatar.The government's quick response was hailed by citizens and some of the country's nearly 2 million foreign residents.For one, institutions in the blockading countries can no longer engage with those based in Qatar.Otherwise, daily life in Qatar continues mostly uninterrupted.Qatar's Central Bank reserves took a hit, declining from $31 billion in 2016 to $15 billion last year.That gives Qatar considerable wealth to maneuver.With a tiny population of just over 300,000 citizens, and ownership in the world's largest gas field off its Persian Gulf coast, Qatar boasts the highest per capita income of any country in the world.Qatar is home to the forward headquarters of the U.S. military's Central Command and hosts around 10,000 American soldiers.
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