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Qatar’s ‘desert rose’ museum opens at last

DOHA: Qatar on Thursday will open the doors to one of its most lavish cultural projects yet, a sweeping national museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel that lays out the tiny Gulf state’s origin story and gas-powered rise to riches. The museum is the latest move in Doha’s campaign for regional dominance in arts and culture that has seen big-ticket acquisitions, new galleries, film festivals and international exhibitions by artists like Damien Hirst and Richard Serra. Qatari officials declined to…

Pakistan to seek Mohenjodaro’s ‘Dancing girl’ statue from India

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has on Saturday decided to formally seek the possession of the iconic 'Dancing Girl' statue discovered from the historic city of Mohenjodaro from India. Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts  (PNCA) Syed Jamal Shah said that the statue will be requested under the UNESCO conventions . He said that this is the first time that the request will be made to the government of India. The statue is currently on display at the National Museum in New Delhi which is one the…