Arab-American businessman allowed out of Qatar

AP News
Posted: Oct 10, 2011 3:41 PM
Arab-American businessman allowed out of Qatar

A prominent Arab-American businessman from Michigan who says he spent two years as an "economic hostage" in Qatar (KAH'-tur) has left the Persian Gulf nation.

Forty-seven-year-old Nasser Beydoun (NA'-sser Bay-DOON') says he expects to return this week to his family in Dearborn.

Beydoun joined a Qatari (kuh-TAHR'-ee) investment group in 2007 to open restaurants in the Middle East. The U.S. citizen said in March that he'd been unable to leave for about two years because of a dispute with his ex-boss, despite prevailing in court proceedings.

Beydoun told the Detroit Free Press ( by phone from Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday that "it feels great" to be free.

He sought help from members of Michigan's congressional delegation, who wrote U.S. and Qatari officials on his behalf.