Qatar’s Billion-Dollar Art Collection Causes Controversy


Seventy kilometers west of Doha lies the Brouq Nature Reserve, a sand spit in the Gulf of Bahrain where Qataris like to camp and wax nostalgic about their grandparents’ nomadic Bedouin lifestyle. To get there, you drive an hour along a highway bordered by electrical towers and plastic barriers that prevent blowing sand from drifting onto the road. In contrast to the capital’s futuristic skyline of skyscrapers and construction cranes, the open desert is bleak and hazy; oil wells flare on the horizon, and the only other landmarks are a hospital catering to petroleum workers, a ruined 18th-century fort and an underpass for camels.

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