"Roads of Arabia" Exhbition on International Tour

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"Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces through the Ages", which is also known as, “Roads of Arabia Expo”, is one of the most important mobile Saudi exhibitions highlighting the cultural heritage of the Kingdom all over the world.  It has already visited several European countries, as well as the United States.  It represents an important opportunity to display Saudi Arabia’s national heritage to the world, as the Kingdom has a great cultural heritage and deep-rooted history in its fold. 

 
The importance of “Roads of Arabia” expo lies in its exposure of the Kingdom’s great heritage and antiquities, which date back to ancient successive civilizations and great cultures that had taken place in Arabia through the ages.   However, these invaluable archeological treasures are not widely known to a large number of countries in the world.  Thus, it becomes vitally important to introduce to the countries of the world to the Kingdom’s great heritage and its leading role in the human as well as Islamic civilization. 
 
The idea of the exhibition came into being in 2006 in response to the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah rest his soul in peace).  It also came in response to the suggestion of the former French President Jacques Chirac on his visit to the Kingdom during the opening of the exhibition, “Masterpieces of Islamic Art ", which was organized by SCTH at the National Museum in Riyadh on 6th March, 2006.
 
Showcasing a large number of archaeological elements of exceptional importance - that are exhibited for the first time outside the Kingdom, came as an extension to the Kingdom’s international presence and its eminent position in the Islam as the host country of the Two Holy Mosques. Besides, it’s current economic weight and significant impact on the human communication that rests heavily on the Kingdom’s unique geographical location, which makes it a major economic and cultural hub, as well as a communication bridge between the West and the East.
 
The exhibition, "Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces through the Ages" displays over 320 archeological masterpieces for the first time outside of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Most of them are taken from the National Museum in Riyadh, King Saud University Museum, in addition to a number of regional museums throughout the Kingdom.
 
The relics cover many historical periods starting from Paleolithic (1 million BC) until the time of Saudi Renaissance. This long period includes, Stone Ages, Slave era (5th Millennium BC), the Delmon period, early middle and late Arabic kingdoms. Then follows the prophetic era, the Umayyad, Abbasid, middle and late Islamic periods. Finally, the unification of Saudi Arabia, followed by a period of significant progress and prosperity in various walks of life, especially in the service of the Two Holy Mosques.
 
Since its launch in 2010, the exhibition has been held in ten different countries, in Europe and the United States. It was launched for the first time in Europe at the Louver Museum in Paris, France on February 13, 2010, followed by at la Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, then the Hermitage Museum in Petersburg, in Russia, and Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. 

 
In the United States, the exhibition was at first hosted by Sakler Museum, in Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, followed by Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, then the Fine Art Museum in Huston, Texas, followed by the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and finally at Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco.  


 
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