Saudi ‘Roads of Arabia’ exhibition a big hit in Seoul

South Korean visitors to the ‘Roads of Arabia’ exhibition take photos and view the artifacts on display at the National Museum in Seoul.
Updated 20 September 2017
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Saudi ‘Roads of Arabia’ exhibition a big hit in Seoul

RIYADH: This year’s stop for the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition of Saudi archaeological treasures at the National Museum in Seoul drew a good turnout of visitors.
The “Roads of Arabia” exhibition that lasted for three months and concluded recently in the South Korean capital, was visited by over 126,000 visitors, said the event’s organizer, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Monday.
The exhibition had put on display 466 rare artifacts highlighting the Kingdom’s cultural and historical dimensions and the successive civilizations in the Arabian peninsula through various ages, the media department said.
Impressed with the artifacts on display, visitors expressed their admiration for the archaeological pieces, saying they gave the Korean people an opportunity to learn first-hand about Arab culture.
Besides the Korean visitors, the exhibition also offered an opportunity for Saudi scholarship program students in Korea to see the history and culture of their homeland through the ages.
Archaeological objects shown in the exhibition covered a wide period of time extending from the Stone Age, the prehistoric times to pre-Islam, early, middle and late Arab 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, said the commission.
The premier heritage and cultural exhibition was inaugurated at the Seoul National Museum on May 8 by Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the SCTH, and South Korea’s then Deputy Prime Minister Yoo Il-ho.
Seoul was the second stop for the Roads of Arabia on its Asian tour after Beijing last year, and the twelfth stop on its international tour, during which it was hosted by four European cities, five cities in the United States besides its national stop at King Abdul Aziz International Cultural Center in Dhahran.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.