Talk of the week-old crisis, its implications and the alleged hacking and fake news that may have fuelled it, is unavoidable in Doha

In the stifling heat of a Qatar night two policemen stand in the middle of a Doha city centre interchange, holding up the traffic and preventing pedestrians from crossing.

“We have to stop and wait a while,” a young man on the kerb explains. “The emir is passing.” A column of white cars accompanied by a security detail hurtles past, triggering flashes from the speed cameras. The young man watches as the tail lights recede, then comments: “Well, you know the situation here … ”

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