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The diplomatic broadside threatens the international prestige of Qatar, which is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
It accused Qatar of supporting what it described as Iranian-backed militants in its restive and largely Shi'ite Muslim-populated Eastern region of Qatif and in Bahrain.
Three of six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates - as well as Egypt, Yemen and Maldives have severed ties with Qatar and suspended diplomatic relations.
The coordinated move dramatically escalates a dispute over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran.
Qatar long has faced criticism from its Arab neighbors over its support of Islamists.
The country used its media and political clout to support long-repressed Islamists during the 2011 pro-democracy 'Arab Spring' uprisings in several Arab countries.