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In light of SCTH’s persistent efforts to highlight and introduce the antiquities, heritage and culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
the Louvre Museum in Paris in France on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, hosted the Saudi exhibition “Saudi Archeological Masterpieces” also known as, the “Roads of Arabia”.
The exhibition was organized 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).
The idea was also in response to the suggestion of the former French President Jacques Chirac to the King, whilst they were inaugurating the exhibition of “Islamic Art Masterpieces”, which had been organized by SCTH at the National Museum on the 6th of March, 2006.
After the great successes achieved by the “Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages” exhibition that was hosted by the Louvre Museum in Paris and opened to public for more than two and a half months, SCTH moved the exhibition to Spain, where it was hosted by the La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, from 12th November 2010 to 27th February, 2011.
The idea behind the exhibition's world tour was derived from the Royal directives for holding this exhibition in a number of renowned museums in Europe and the USA to confirm the historical status of the Kingdom as well as demonstrate to the world the cultural dimension of the Kingdom represented through its antiquities and particular importance in understanding the episodes of human history, in addition to the Kingdom's international economic and political weights.
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, will host the third leg of the "Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages" exhibition starting from May 16, 2011. The Hermitage Museum's leg follows the successful exhibitions at the Louvre Museum, Paris in France and La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona in Spain.
The exhibition, which has the Royal consent of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah protect him) to be hosted in a number of major European cities and the United States of America, which reflects the historical and cultural importance of the Kingdom, as well as the importance of the effects that are presented for the first-time outside Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, both in such size and content rarity.
The "Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages" exhibition, immediately after warping up the events in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, it was then hosted by the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany.
The exhibition was inaugurated on January 25, 2012, by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTH, along with His Excellency the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.
After the huge success attained by "Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages", the Kingdom’s exhibition during its previous stops in Europe, many international museums are competing with each other to host the exhibition and bear the hosting expenses as well. This clearly reflects the historical significance of the civilization of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the great value attached to the relics of the exhibition, which were showcased for the first time outside the Kingdom in this vast range and variety.
In this context, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, USA, is currently hosting this exceptional exhibition since 15th November, 2012.
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTH along with the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, on Friday, 21st June, inaugurated the Saudi Expo, "Roads of Arabia" in the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States.
The opening ceremony was attended by a number of important political, cultural figures, in addition to representatives of Arab and international diplomatic corps in the United States.
Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is set to hold an exhibition of Saudi antiquities under the title: "Saudi Arabia … Crossroads of Civilizations", at the Vittoriano Museum in Rome, Italy during the period from October 3 to November 30, 2013.
The exhibition, which will be held on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Italy, will feature 135 relics dating back to different historical periods and highlight the cultural dimension of the Kingdom and its role in the whole of human civilization.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (MFAH) was a third American Museum to host the unprecedented exhibition of Saudi Arabian monuments in the United States titled "Roads of Arabia". It was the seventh station internationally for the expo in a tour around the world that began on 18th December, 2013, and ended on 9th March, 2014.
The exhibition showcased more than 227 Arab artifacts, covering a period from the Paleolithic age (one million years BC) up to the emergence of the modern Saudi state.
The Mobile Gallery of Saudi Arabia, "Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages", which is making its global tour is set to be hosted by Nelson Atkins Museum of art, Kansas City, Missouri State in its fourth stop in the US, which is also its eighth leg internationally.
The exhibition will be held from April 23 to July 6, 2014, through 250 relics covering a period of time stretching from "Paleolithic" (1 million years BP), until the appearance of the Saudi state.
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTH, on Tuesday, 28 October 2014, declared open the Saudi exhibition “Roads of Arabia” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California. This is the exhibition’s fifth and final stop in the United States.
"Roads of Arabia" was on display at the Asian Art Museum from 27 October 2014 to January 18, 2015. During this period, it displayed more than 250 relics covering the historical period beginning from the Neolithic period (Year One Million BC) until the Age of the Saudi State.
SCTH on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, will launch the “Roads of Arabia Exhibition” in the National Museum of China in Beijing, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTH and His Excellency the Chinese Minister of Culture, Wang Jun.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques (may Allah protect him) has given his approval for the launch of Roads of Arabia exhibition in its new station in the East Asia countries, starting from Beijing in China, after the impressive success it achieved in its past nine international stations, which began in Europe at the Louver Museum, Parse in France, in July 2010.
SCTH and Seoul National Museum have concluded necessary preparations for the launch of such an important demonstration where the archeological objects were mounted in the display hall in cooperation with the museum staff and the embassy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Seoul.
Noteworthy, the exhibition had concluded its events at the National Museum of China, after three months on display during which it enjoyed heavy turnout by the visitors exceeding 170,000
The National Museum in Tokyo, Japan is the third Asian stop of the Roads of Arabia Exhibition and the thirteenth stop oat the international level, after being held in Seoul, Beijing, 4 European countries, and 5 cities in the US. It had also previous two local stops at the King Abdul-Aziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran and in the National Museum in Riyadh very recently.
HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, President of SCTH, has sponsored the opening ceremony of the thirteenth version of the Exhibition on Monday, 29 January 2018 at the National Museum in Tokyo, which was inaugurated in cooperation with the Museum administration and the Saudi embassy in Tokyo.