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‘Hipster’ cafes, vegan restaurant brew change in Qatar

Doha’s Tawar Mall looks much like any of the other unremarkable shopping centres dotted around Qatar, but tucked away in one of its corners, a tiny cultural revolution is taking place. There you will find Flat White, Qatar’s first attempt at a hipster cafe. Customers can buy drinks such as a V60, Aeropress or Ginger […]

13 unseen copies of the Quran are on display at the National Museum in Delhi

A first-of-its-kind exhibition of the Quran, scripted in various calligraphic styles and inscribed in different eras, opened at the National Museum in Delhi today. The exhibition, inaugurated by former National Museum curator (manuscripts) and scholar Nasim Akhtar, will run till March 31. “This exhibition explains the emergence and proliferation of various styles of calligraphy and […]

18th century Chinese vase found in shoebox sells for £14m

An 18th century Chinese vase, left for decades in a shoebox in France, has sold for 16.2m euros (£14.2m). The vase was auctioned at Sotheby’s in Paris on Tuesday and sold for more than 20 times its estimated guide price – 500,000 to 700,000 euros. It’s the highest price ever reached for a single item […]