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The opening this week of the glittering Louvre Abu Dhabi museum marks the latest stage in a multibillion-dollar "soft power" showdown between energy giants Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.The UAE, whose political capital is oil-rich Abu Dhabi, covers the size of Scotland with a population of 10 million, of whom 12 percent are Emirati nationals.A third of the size of Belgium, Qatar has 2.6 million inhabitants, 13 percent of them nationals.Qatar staked its claim to prominence on the international stage when it was selected in 2010 to host football's World Cup 2022, but Dubai can boast it has evened the score with its selection in 2013 as host of Expo 2020 .
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