Blockade means uncertainty for future of Qatari investment

There can be absolutely no doubt about the extent of Qatar’s heavy investment abroad in recent years, writes Deirdre Hipwell. Since 2004 the gas-rich Gulf state has invested more than £40bn in Britain alone, in assets ranging from the Shard and Harrods to a stake in Heathrow Airport. It also has extensive public holdings in a host of listed companies worldwide including Royal Dutch Shell, Rosneft, and Volkswagen, as well as the Agricultural Bank of China, Accor in France, and Iberdrola in Spain. Earlier this year, Qatar announced large-scale investment programmes in the UK and US. It promised