The UAE has reopened its air, land and sea borders with Qatar.

It follows the signing of the Al Ula Declaration by representatives of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Qatar at last week’s GCC Summit, marking an end to diplomatic division in the region since June 2017.

Khalid Abdullah Belhoul, the UAE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, told state news agency Wam that all the relevant authorities in the UAE had been instructed to reopen borders for incoming and outgoing transport.

These measures would strengthen the unity and cohesion of the Gulf, he said in a statement made on Friday (January 8).

On the same day, the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority said scheduled and unscheduled flights between Qatar and the Emirates would resume on Saturday, “in co-ordination with the civil aviation authorities and national carriers in the UAE”, according to Wam.