A Joint Team from the SCTH and the Louvre Abu Dhabi Carry on Preparations for the Opening of “Trade to Arabia” Exbo



A joint team from the Saudi commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the Louvre Abu Dhabi are carrying on the final preparations for the opening of “Trade to Arabia, Masterpieces of Antiquates in Saudi Arabia across the ages”Exhibition which will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the presence of  Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz , President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage on Wednesday 7th of  November and continues until 16th  of February 2019.

The pieces of the exhibition arrived from Riyadh to the Louvre Museum last week, where a joint team of the SCTH and the Museum this week will install the pieces according to the museum showcase of the exhibition as the installation of valuable artefacts requires specialized expertise.

The 15th stop of the exhibition, which will be held at the “Louvre Abu Dhabi”, is characterized by being the largest where other archaeological artefact shave been added to the 466 pieces of the exhibition reflecting some of the living styles of the common Arabian Peninsula’s civilizations, especially those related to the desert, chivalry, camels and falcon hunting and other means of hunting in the desert.
The exhibition will also contain a pavilion for the joint civilizations and heritage between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“Trade to Arabia, Master pieces of Antiquates in Saudi Arabia across the ages” Exhibition organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage is one of the most important Saudi international exhibitions that presented the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula to more than five million visitors from all over the world by holding the exhibition in the most famous museums in the European, American and Asian cities and capitals of the world. The Exhibition has formed an important and vital opportunity to inform the world of the civilizations of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula, its rich cultural heritage, and cultural and historical elements extended across the ages.

During the last eight years, specifically since July 13, 2010 the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage has organized the exhibition in 14 international stops, during which it stopped in the world's most famous museums, and made special exhibitions for a large number of various archaeological artefacts of exceptional value for the first time outside Saudi Arabia, and in extension of Saudi Arabia world presence and  its Islamic status by embracing the two Holy Mosques, as well as its economic role and its impact on human relations based on its unique geographic location, which formed a pivotal role in the cultural and economic fields between the East and the West. Saudi Arabia also served as a bridge for cultural communication through the ages and between many civilizations of the ancient world. The exhibition included more than 460 archaeological artefacts taken from the masterpieces exhibited in the National Museum in the capital Riyadh, and a number of different museums in the KSA. 

The first stop of the exhibition was held at the Louvre Museum in the French capital, Paris, and was consecutively held at la Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, the Hermitage Museum in Russia, and Pergamon Museum in Berlin. The exhibition was then moved to the United States of America where it was held at Sackler Museum, Washington, followed by Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, then the “Fine Arts” Museum in Huston, followed by the “Nelson Atkins Museum of Arts” in Kansas City, and finally at the “Asian Art” Museum in San Francisco. 

Afterwards, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, may Allah protect himopened the exhibition at the King Abdul Aziz International Cultural Center in Dhahran of Aramco on 1 December 2016, thus permitting launching the exhibition to its new stops in Asia where the exhibition was held at the National Museum in the Chinese capital Beijing, under the patronage of King Salman and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China who concluded its closing ceremony on March 16, 2017. Then, it was held at the National Museum in South Korea, Seoul, and then the Japanese National Museum in Tokyo, in addition to organizing it at the National Museum in Riyadh within the exhibitions accompanying the first Saudi Archaeology Convention. 

The exhibition will be held at the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as part of mutual exhibitions and activities between the two countries, which have a close fraternal relationship and historical commonalities, in line with the celebration of the UAE of passing one year after the opening of the museum and the “Year of Zayed”, to mark the centennial anniversary of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the father who founded the United Arab Emirates.

You can enter the exhibition as part of the entrance ticket to the museum. Visitors can browse the exhibition through the multimedia guide available in Arabic, English and French.

For more information about the exhibition and ticketing, please visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae or contact the Louvre Abu Dhabi at +971 600 56 55 66.