UAE and Qatar stake billions in 'soft power' showdown

November 06, 2017

OPENING SOON. This file handout photo taken on May 24, 2016 and made available on June 15, 2016, by Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) shows Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, surrounded by sea water. (AFP)

The opening this week of the glittering Louvre Abu Dhabi museum marks the latest stage in a multi-billion-dollar "soft power" showdown between energy giants Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.