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theartsdesk in the Emirates: A Cultural Arms Race

theartsdesk in the Emirates: A Cultural Arms Race

The cultural arms race in the Gulf hots up

Water featured: I.M. Pei's Museum of Islamic Art

Rising spectacularly from the warm turquoise waters of Doha Bay, the building which is probably I.M. Pei’s final and perhaps his greatest work, the iconic Museum of Islamic Art, symbolises the cultural arms race among the Islamic Emirates strung out along the Gulf, on the flank of Big Brother Saudi Arabia.

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