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UAE unblocks several Qatar news sites as ties between two nations warm

Several Qatari-owned news websites had been inaccessible to UAE residents since relations worsened in 2016 over Doha's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, but at least four are now unblocked.
This picture taken on May 11, 2022 shows a view of the main headquarters of Qatari news broadcaster Al Jazeera in the capital Doha.

DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates appears to have unblocked a number of Qatari news websites after more than seven years of blocking access. The move comes in the wake of recent high-level meetings between the two countries, and improvement in relations.

Qatari-owned news websites Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, The New Arab and the state-run Qatar News Agency are among the platforms now open to UAE residents that were originally restricted in early 2016 as tensions rose between the two nations. Al-Monitor confirmed accessibility to these websites from the UAE on Tuesday.

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