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Qatar looks to the future

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Science  26 Apr 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6438, pp. 338-339
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax4593

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The small desert nation of Qatar underwent a crisis on 5 June 2017. Neighboring countries imposed a blockade that turned it into a virtual island, surrounded on three sides by water and on one side by hostile territory, isolating it politically and eliminating the transport lines that previously supplied 80% of its food. Qatar's response has been to develop domestic resources and consolidate its national identity. The 28 March opening of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) in the capital city, Doha, served as a defiant celebration of that identity as an open Muslim society.