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Danish companies working in the region have faced varying degrees of reaction to the recent spate of protests against the publishing of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in the Danish press last September. Hardest hit appears to have been Arla Foods, Europe’s second largest dairy company, which has seen nearly all its products removed from the shelves of shops in the region as customers boycott Danish goods. The company says it has lost up to $50 million since the crisis began and has begun to lay off staff both in the region and in Denmark. Also hard-hit is consultancy firm COWI, which has offices and projects throughout the Middle East. ‘We’ve lost some contact with the ministries and some of our Danish personnel are moving out in line with the Copenhagen advisory notice,’ says one regional-based employee. ‘It’s a little quiet at the moment.’