The Emir of Qatar in El Salvador: Will Bitcoin Soon Be Crowned in Doha?

Thu 14 Sep 2023 ▪ 3 min of reading ▪ by Fenelon L.
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The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is set to step foot in El Salvador during an official visit scheduled for this week. As El Salvador recently made headlines by adopting Bitcoin, this diplomatic initiative piques curiosity. Could Qatar be considering a similar adoption?

Nayib Bukele and the Emir of Qatar

In Brief:

  • El Salvador adopted Bitcoin as legal tender, becoming a global trailblazer;
  • The visit of Qatar’s Emir to El Salvador raises questions about possible Bitcoin adoption;
  • Qatar has shown interest in Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

El Salvador: A Bitcoin Pioneer on the International Stage

Under the visionary leadership of President Nayib Bukele, El Salvador made waves on the international scene by making Bitcoin legal tender. This bold move elevated the country to the status of a trailblazer, drawing the attention of many nations curious to follow suit.

Beyond its national adoption, El Salvador has advocated for global Bitcoin adoption. This commitment is evident with the establishment of Bitcoin embassies, initially in Switzerland and then in Texas.

The visit of Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to El Salvador could be seen as a sign of this interest. While strengthening bilateral relations is the primary goal, it’s legitimate to ask: Will Bitcoin be at the center of discussions?

Qatar, Seeking Inspiration from El Salvador’s Model?

In a changing global landscape where de-dollarization becomes a topic of discussion, could we imagine Qatar drawing inspiration from the Salvadoran experience? It’s premature to conclude, but El Salvador’s economic direction certainly catches Qatar’s attention.

Recall that the Central Bank of Qatar (CBQ) has recently shown interest in Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The QCB is, in fact, in the preparatory phase to issue its own digital currency.

The rapidly evolving cryptocurrency landscape, led by actors like El Salvador and potentially joined by Qatar, foreshadows a fascinating evolution of the sector. With a global trend towards de-dollarization, Bitcoin could play a central role in reshaping the global economy.

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Fenelon L. avatar
Fenelon L.

Passionné par le Bitcoin, j'aime explorer les méandres de la blockchain et des cryptos et je partage mes découvertes avec la communauté. Mon rêve est de vivre dans un monde où la vie privée et la liberté financière sont garanties pour tous, et je crois fermement que Bitcoin est l'outil qui peut rendre cela possible.


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