I received a phone call from The Sandmonkey a few minutes ago and he asked me to post this update for him.
There are confirmed internet outages throughout Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. According to the local ISPs there, this problem occurred as a result of the main fiber optic cable, running underwater into the area, being cut-off. This seemingly leaves all three countries (and possible others) without internet access until the problem is resolved.
The Sandmonkey asked me to relay this message and let you all know he will post as soon as he can gain internet access.
Thanks for your patience.
–Joan, the blogwife