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Topic - Sultanate Of Qatar
Before there was Saudi Arabian oil, there was Saudi incense — and it was equally lucrative.
As recently as 20 years ago, Arabs showed little interest in Orientalist works — paintings of Middle Eastern scenes by European artists — which were seen as an exotic distortion of the reality of the Middle East and its people aimed at a Western public. More recently, that negative perception has changed.