UAE closes the case against Qatar related to the prohibition of the sale of state goods in its domestic markets

The United Arab Emirates has officially closed its case against Qatar in respect of commercial violations committed by the latter through the WTO Dispute Settlement Body, after Qatar withdrew its discriminatory measures that caused the dispute to arise.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially closed its case against Qatar over trade violations by the World Trade Organization (WTO), after Qatar withdrew its discriminatory measures that caused the dispute to arise with the UAE.

The State of Qatar has taken discriminatory measures towards goods coming from the UAE and its distributors, imposing a ban on them in May and June 2018, violating its obligations and commitments as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). January 2019 against Qatar, in an effort to lift the ban on the sale of UAE products in the Qatari markets.

Accordingly, the State of Qatar withdrew its embargo proceedings on March 31, 2019, and processed the claims contained in the dispute in which the UAE complained.Therefore, the UAE notified the WTO of its wish to close its case against Qatar.

A spokesman for the UAE mission in Geneva said that Qatar's withdrawal of its discriminatory decision against the UAE products has fulfilled the requirements of the UAE complaint, and that the UAE reserves the right to take the necessary measures if Qatar violates its commitments within the WTO again. The World Trade Organization (WTO) for its efforts to try to resolve the existing conflict and to ensure that its members respect their commitments.

In May and June 2018, Qatar issued directives effectively banning the distribution and sale of all UAE goods mainly in the Qatari market, including public health goods, in clear violation of Qatar's WTO commitments and on January 28, 2019, the UAE On March 31, 2019, Qatar withdrew its discriminatory measures against UAE goods, as a result of a complaint from the UAE and on April 25, 2019, Qatar announced that it had withdrawn Discriminatory measures against Maratneh, claiming that they are no longer necessary. This comes in fear of the UAE complaint about the explicit violation of the State of Qatar and on August 8, 2019, the UAE officially informed the World Trade Organization to withdraw the complaint, as it served its purpose through the response of the State of Qatar to the pressure of the UAE complaint of Qatar's explicit violation of WTO rules.

ref: emara