Al-Kharj expo promotes cultural values

Updated 09 June 2014

Al-Kharj expo promotes cultural values

The Al-Kharj Municipality in Riyadh province has launched a national expo as part of a comprehensive campaign to promote the rich cultural heritage and values of the Kingdom.
The expo entitled “Our Homeland is a Trust,” which kicked off Thursday, will run for a year, organizers said.
Shebaily bin Majdo Al-Majdo, mayor of Al-Kharj, is a patron of the exhibition, while a number of local public and private organizations are participating in the expo.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) branch in the Al-Kharj Municipality is also extending its cooperation to the expo to guarantee its success.
Director of the SCTA branch in Riyadh, Saad Al Mahana, said: “This exhibition is part of a comprehensive campaign to enhance national values in the municipality.”
The year-long campaign will include a number of programs, cultural and heritage events, entertainment and competitions.
According to the organizers, the programs will also highlight local archaeological and heritage landmarks including the heritage water wells, King Abdul Aziz Mosque, which is the oldest landmark in Al-Kharj, and the King Abdul Aziz Palace in the city, which is undergoing renovation by the authorities in the Riyadh region to transform it into a historical center in line with plans to establish a museum for Al-Kharj municipality inside the historical palace.
The authorities are also raising awareness of the importance of cultural assets to transform them into an economic resource for the benefit of local communities as a source of employment.
With this view, Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz University (SAU), Al-Kharj and the SCTA recently signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in documenting heritage and historical sites, rehabilitation of tourism human resources and supporting the university in the establishment of a college of tourism and antiquities, besides cooperation in the areas of statistical surveys and scientific research in the fields of tourism and national heritage.

‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

Updated 19 April 2019

‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna

JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.

“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya. 

Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality, archival documents and images, and video testimonials from inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they were in their prime. 

It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for their restoration and repair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s global tour. 

The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh. 

“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation, particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some of our historic sites. 

“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of action, investment, and policy.

“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”

The exhibition carries a significant message about the importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, went up in flames.