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New Museum in Qatar Celebrates Islamic Culture

by Bridget Goodbody

Fireworks at the opening night of the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, 2008. Courtesy Museum of Islamic Art, Doha. 

DOHA — A cultural revolution is taking place in the Arab emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar. The transformation involves not the rise of a dictatorship but instead the building of financial centers and shopping malls, along with universities and museums.

Abu Dhabi grabbed headlines in January 2007, when its multi-billion-dollar deals to build branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim were announced; both are…

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