Qatar showed resilience in first full quarter since the economic embargo against the emirate. Growth in the Qatari economy accelerated strongly in the third quarter of 2017, official figures showed. GDP growth rebounded to 1.9% in the three months to September compared with a year earlier and up from just 0.3% in the second quarter. That had marked the lowest rate since 2009 global crisis. Qatar economy can survive “forever” under embargo, a defiant Emirati minister said in January 2018 that encapsulated growing confidence over its resilience. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Qatar’s minister of economy and commerce, said Qatar’s economy performed better than expected in 2017 and required “minimal” government support to blunt the effects of a trade and diplomatic embargo by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries. Qatar, which had relied heavily on Saudi Arabia and the UAE for much of its imports, including a third and construction materials, was quick to find alternative suppliers, turning to Iran, Turkey and other countries further afield. Temperatures rose between the United Arab Emirates, one of the blockading countries, and Qatar after over two alleged interceptions of its passenger jets by Qatari fighters. The incidents in January 2018, which were denied by Qatar, were “deliberate hostile acts against civilian aircraft”, the UAE said. In December 2017 Qatar and BAE Systems, the UK planemaker, finalised a £5bn deal for 24 Typhoon fighter jets.