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In pictures: Asian Games finale

A young boy rides a flying carpet during the closing ceremony at the end of the 15th Asian Games in Doha, 15 December 2006. The Games, which have been the biggest ever staged, officially end tonight a

The Asian Games have ended in Qatar, with a closing ceremony themed on the famous tale A Thousand and One Nights - which came complete with flying carpets.

Asian Games closing ceremony

'Scheherazade" descended on a half-moon during the ceremony, which ended the biggest Asian Games ever staged.

Spectators watch as fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the 15th Asian Games.

Friday's extravaganza also included a gigantic fireworks display at Doha's Khalifa stadium.

Iraqi supporters sing prior to the gold medal match between Qatar and Iraq

The day's main sporting event was the football final, pitting the hosts against Iraq. Iraqis were united behind their team and enjoyed a rare chance to cheer.

Khalfan al-Khalfan of Qatar is thrown into the air by his team-mates as they celebrate after beating Iraq 1-0 to win the gold medal in the final of the Men's soccer competition

In the end the Qatar team won the game and celebrated in style..

Qataris celebrate after Asian Games football final

... and so did people across the emirate.

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