Cuts! (ctd.)

January 15 2016

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The FT reports that even museums in Qatar (whose government recently spent a reported $300m on the above Gauguin) are feeling the pinch, thanks to falling oil prices:

Qatar Museums, headed by Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, had 1,200 workers two years ago and was looking to double in size, but it has shrunk to fewer than 800, according to insiders.

Managers are said to have told drivers that they cannot use petty cash to wash official cars and staff receive one bottle of water on their desks each day rather than two.

“People are coming into the office to find their email not working. When they ask IT what’s going on they are told that they have been made redundant,” said one.“It’s absolutely grim what’s going on here.

It's not all bad though, for the same source adds:

"They are still buying lots of art, however.”

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