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When it comes to authentic tourist attractions, Qatar may be all hat and no ranch – but what a hat!

Once upon a time in a small, scorching land far away, wedged between an uninhabitable desert and a tepid Arabian gulf, there lived a pearl-diving people who survived on fish and a single fresh water source. The people subsisted until the Great Depression came: the world needed jobs, not pearls. Then oil was found in the 1940s and all seemed saved.

Pretend you are a Qatari. Your only fresh water source may have dried up,...

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