The “Roads of Arabia Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” Exhibition





​ 

  


The “Roads of Arabia Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” Exhibition, organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, is one of the most important international Saudi exhibitions that offered the civil heritage of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula for more than five million visitors as part of the most prominent and prestigious international museums in European, American and Asian capitals and cities. The exhibition provided a big and important opportunity to acquaint the world with the civilizations of the Kingdom that also enjoys a wide variety of civil and heritage factors that date back to ancient times. 

The idea of organizing the exhibition was initiated in 2006, in implementation of directives of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, May His Soul Rest in Peace, and upon a proposal by former French president Jacques Chirac while they opened the exhibition of (Masterpieces of Islamic Arts), which was organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in Riyadh in March 2006. Following the generous directives, the exhibition embarked on a series of trips outside the Kingdom through showcasing a large number of artifacts that have exceptional values and highlighting them in major countries of the world, which boosted the Kingdom's international presence and Islamic status as an incubator of the Two Holy Mosques, and based on its economic role and influence in human relations, as well as its distinguished geographical location that constituted a main pillar for cultural and economic exchange between the east and the west and a bridge for civil communication throughout various ages.

The exhibition includes more than 450 rare archaeological pieces that cover eras extending between the Paleolithic era (around one million year B.C.) to pre-Islamic old ages, followed by the early, medium and late Arab kingdoms civilizations, and then the Islamic and medium Islamic eras, until the establishment of the Saudi state with its three development phases until reaching the reign of King Abdulaziz, May His Soul Rest in Peace. 

The exhibition, since its launch in 2010, has toured 15 European, US and Asian stations, in addition to two domestic stations in King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Dhahran and the National Museum in Riyadh. The first station of the“Roads of Arabia Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” Exhibition was held at the Louvre Museum in Paris in July 2010, followed by la Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, then the Hermitage Museum in Petersburg, in Russia, and Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. It was also held at Sakler Museum in 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, andat Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition was also held at the National Museum in Beijing, the National Museum in Seoul, the National Museum in Riyadh, the National Museum in Tokyo and at the Louvre Abu DhabiMuseum in the UAE.





 
In Europe:
In USA
In Asia
​​​​​​​​​​