Prince Sultan Bin Salman Announces the Inauguration of “Archaeological Treasures of the Saudi Arabia Expo” at “Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum”…next November


His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Heritage, announced the opening of ‘Roads to Arabia, Archaeological Treasures of the Saudi Arabia’ exhibition’ at Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, under the patronage of  His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to be held on Wednesday, from the 7th of November- the 16th of Feb.2019.

‘Roads to Arabia, Archaeological Treasures of the Saudi Arabia’ exhibition organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Heritage, is considered one of the most important Saudi global exhibitions that introduced the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula to more than five million visitors from all over the world, through holding the exhibition in the most famous museums of the world in the cities and capitals of Europe, America and Asia, where the exhibition was an important and vital opportunity to inform the world of the civilizations of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula and its rich heritage of civilization, and the civilization and heritage elements  extended through the ages.

During the past eight years, and specifically since July 13, 2010, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Heritage, has organized the exhibition at 14 international stops during which it has stopped at the world's most famous museums and has presented a large number of various artifacts of exceptional value for the first time outside the KSA, as an extension to Saudi Arabia global presence, Islamic status being the host country of   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 major element in the cultural and economic fields between the East and the West, and a bridge of cultural communication through the ages and among many of the civilizations of the ancient world. 

The exhibition included more than 460 pieces of antique artifacts displayed at Riyadh National Museum and a number of the Kingdom's various museums.

These pieces demonstrate the period that dates from the Paleolithic period (one million years before the present) to the Saudi Renaissance period. This long period goes back to the Stone Age, the period of Obeid (5thmillennium BC), the Dilmun period, then the early, Middle and late Arab Kingdoms, followed by the Prophetic era, the Umayyad and Abbasid States and the middle and late Islamic periods, until the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the subsequent significant progress and prosperity that is evident in all walks of life, especially in the service of the Two Holy Mosques.

The first exhibition was held at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and was subsequently held at la Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, then 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 Sakler Museum, Washington, followed by Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, then the Fine Art Museum in Huston, followed by the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and finally at Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco. Afterwards, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, may Allah protect him opened 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, which was held under the patronage of King Salman and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China 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 Riyadh National Museum in Riyadh with 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 brotherly relationship and historical commonalities, in line with the celebration of the UAE 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, God bless his soul, the father who founded the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Manuel Rabbateh, Director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi said at a talk about the exhibition: “The Arabian Peninsula has always been a focal point for cultural, commercial and civilization exchange, and the roots of the Louvre Abu Dhabi are deeply rooted in the history of this authentic region. This exhibition constitutes an important opportunity for us to study this rich heritage again and celebrate it through an impressive collection of artifacts that, together with the pieces of our growing collection, tells an Arab tale from a new perspective”. 

For his part, Mr. Jamal Omar, Vice President of Archeology and Museums Department at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in Saudi Arabia, stressed the importance of the exhibition as the two brotherly countries share a special and distinctive relationship, and the cultural integration and historical heritage they share, and that it is the first stop in the Arabian Peninsula outside the Saudi Arabia , especially as it highlights the civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula as a whole and the ancient roads of trade in it, pointing to the direct follow-up from His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage of the exhibition, in view of the importance and prestige of the United Arab Emirates, its rulers and people in the for the leadership and people of Saudi Arabia.

He added, “Although the exhibition focuses on the Kingdom's civilizations, it is concerned with highlighting the civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula, which was a forum of civilizations, and a main station for the ancient trade routes as it represented important and main links in the cultural and historical sequence of this strategic region in the world”.

He pointed to the addition of pieces to the exhibition at this station that reflect some of the living patterns in the common civilizations in the Arabian Peninsula, especially those related to desert, chivalry, camels and falcon hinting and other means of hunting in the desert.

Noteworthy that the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum will organize three days of events concurrent to the exhibition and including "On the Roads of the Arabian Peninsula", a show featuring music, performance and poetry, featuring 80 artists from the Arabian Peninsula, Africa, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, India, Indonesia and China. Along with a contemporary drawing of the calligraphy of the Tunisian artist Koum.

The cultural program concurrent with the exhibition will also feature selected films by Ms. Hind Mezina, as well as dialogue sessions and a variety of educational workshops and guided tours.

Entering the exhibition shall be as part of the entrance ticket to the museum. Visitors can tour the exhibition through the multimedia guide available in Arabic, English and French.

For more information about the exhibition and for booking tickets, please visit or contact the Louvre Abu Dhabi at +971 600 56 55 66.