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Doha

BY LESLEY ANN GRAY

Where the Global Inspires the Local

View of Doha's skyline dotted with skyscrapers. Courtesy StyleHiClub.

Vying for cultural influence on a global scale is a national project in Qatar. One of the most ubiquitous slogans seen emblazoned on billboards throughout the country—"Qatar Deserves the Best"—reflects the sentiment that Qatar has the money and clout to become an international powerhouse. The past ten years have been a heady time for Doha, armed with a huge budget to buy artwork and to develop new institutions for Islamic, modern, contemporary and Orientalist

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