SCTH concludes preparations to open Roads of Arabia Exhibition in Beijing


SCTH concludes preparations to open Roads of Arabia expo in Beijing
SCTH concluded its preparations for opening the Roads of Arabia Exhibition on next Tuesday (20 December 2016) in the National Museum of China in Beijing under the patronage of Chinese Minister of Culture His Excellency Luo Shugang and His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz President of SCTH. 

The opening ceremony will be attended by the Director of Art Exhibition China, Wang Jun, Director of National Museum of China in Beijing, LU Zhangshen in addition to a number of senior officials of the museum. 

The National Museum of China in Beijing will be the first station of the Roads of Arabia in Asia and its eleventh international stations. Four stops in Europe and five stops in the United States of America, in addition to its national stop in King Abdul Aziz Cultural Center in Al Dhahran recently. 

SCTH along with the National Museum of China in Beijing, has concluded all the necessary preparations for the launch of such an important cultural demonstration as the archeological objects have been prepared and fixed in the museum hall for display, besides making ready the exhibition related publications and print material in coordination with the museum staff and Saudi embassy in Beijing. 

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah protect him), on Thursday 1 December 2016, had opened the Roads of Arabia Exhibition in its national station at King Abdul Aziz International Cultural Center in Al Dhahran and gave his approval for the launch of the exhibition’s Asian tour starting from Beijing, in China, in light of the remarkable success it has achieved in its past nine stations.  The journey had begun at the Louver Museum in France, followed by La Caixa Foundation in Spain, the State Hermitage Museum, Russia, the Pergamon Museum in Germany, then followed by its US tour in which it was held in Sackler Gallery in Washington DC, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Fine Art Museum in Texas, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri, Asian Art Museum in San Francesco. 

“Roads of Arabia” Exhibition constitutes a major episode in the route of raising awareness on the cultural dimension of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the routes of (the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program Cultural Heritage) which was approved on May 2014 in the reign of late King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz then later reaffirmed and approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah protect him) on September 2015 as a historic and national important project reflecting the progress in the heritage projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The exhibition aims at introducing the world to the history and cultures of the Arabian Peninsula and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in particular, through displaying Kingdom’s heritage and archeological treasures that embody its cultural dimension, besides enhancing cultural communication among the world nations, emphasizing that the Kingdom is not an incident in the history rather it was a home of great human civilizations which were crowned by the emergency of great Islamic civilization. 

The Kingdom through this exhibition displays 400 rare archeological objects highlighting its heritage and cultural dimension and the successive civilizations that had taken place in the Kingdom through the ages. 

Archeological objects that are shown by the exhibition cover a period of time extending from the Stone Age (one million year BC), since the prehistory times to pre-Islamic times, early, middle and late Arabic Kingdoms, early and middle Islamic eras, and until the emergence of the Saudi State in its three phases up to the reign of King Abdul Aziz.

Noteworthy, Saudi Aramco will continue to sponsor the exhibition in its new tour as it did in its previous nine stations.