Event promotes Saudi Arabia’s historical identity with graffiti

A Saudi graffiti artist paints the wall which reflects the Kingdom’s heritage. (SPA)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Event promotes Saudi Arabia’s historical identity with graffiti

RIYADH: In an event held in Al-Bujairi neighborhood in Diriyah accompanying the first Saudi Antiquities Forum, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) set up a special place to draw Saudi antiquities in 3D, with the help of a sketch artist.
The events included four sections of graffiti, under the supervision of Saudi visual artists, reflecting the Kingdom’s heritage and antiquities, and introducing visitors to the Kingdom’s cultural heritage embedded in history.
Majed Al-Hayzan, manager of the touristic events and projects at the SCTH, considered the forum’s accompanying events an important factor to raise awareness and strengthen national sentiment among citizens on the Kingdom’s cultural heritage.
The events also included a studio for children, represented in an awareness-raising corner, to introduce them to the Kingdom’s archaeological and historical sites through coloring and drawing, under the title “Our Talents Are in The Hands of Our Children.”
Recently, the courtyards of the King Abdul Aziz Historic Center in Riyadh turned into a theater for events and activities in conjunction with the launch of the first Saudi Antiquities Forum.
These events helped introduce the Kingdom’s non-materialistic culture, and were attended by large audiences which were eager to enjoy the events and shows.
The events included education and awareness-raising plays representing everyday life stories about discoveries and excavations, as well as folk shows including the Saudi Ardah, and models representing major Saudi archaeological and heritage sites (Madain Saleh, Salwa Palace, Historical Jeddah, Al-Okhdood, and Al-Rajajeel) on the grounds of the National Museum in Riyadh.
A number of artisans participated in these events that also included handicraft shows, popular food parlors, men’s costume shows, stories told by famous writers and many others.
Visitors also watched a live show of excavations and discoveries of antiquities, by a specialized team. This show was accompanied by a “Colors” exhibition which showcased a collection of pictures featuring the Kingdom’s archaeological and heritage sites.


Tourism chiefs to develop the National Museum in Riyadh

Prince Sultan bin Salman
Updated 25 June 2018
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Tourism chiefs to develop the National Museum in Riyadh

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is working on the expansion of the National Museum to develop and restore its glamor and splendor.

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman issued a decree to establish a board of trustees for the expansion and development of the National Museum in Riyadh, Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the SCTH told Arab News.
A committee to review the master plan for the expansion of the museum into the biggest, and most modern and advanced museum projects in the world, will be formed soon that will supervise the museum’s development program, he added.
Earlier, commenting on the expansion project the SCTH president said that the commission is working to bring in a comprehensive development for the National Museum and establish a sophisticated system of regional and specialized museums within the framework of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for the preservation of the Kingdom’s cultural heritage.
He pointed out that the National Museum received special attention from King Salman when he was the governor of the Riyadh region and was established as one of the most important museums in the Arab world.
It was inaugurated by the late King Fahd within the grand opening of the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the modern Kingdom by late King Abdul Aziz.
“Therefore, the least we can do today after all these years is to restore the glamor and splendor to this important landmark as a gift to King Salman in loyalty to his initiative to establish this museum in a short period of time and with unique architectural standards,” he said.
“We are implementing the expansion and development of the museum through a high-level team in cooperation with the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) and in an important partnership with Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, chairman of Tourism Development Council of the region and the ADA.”
“This will be a pioneering project to recreate the exhibits of the museum. Today, we need to use technical and interactive methods to study these great civilizations, which were embraced by the Arabian Peninsula and they are now upheld majestically by Saudi Arabia,” said Prince Sultan.
He further said that the aim of the SCTH behind the expansion is to enhance its heritage to attract visitors. Moreover, the development and expansion of the National Museum aims to create an urban oasis in the heart of the city linking the past with the present, attracting quality investment opportunities that support the urban fabric of the region, and providing an integrated showroom and interaction area with sophisticated museum exhibitions, the SCTH chief added.
The development of the National Museum includes the establishment of a four-star heritage hotel, a new exhibition hall, a dining area, and a stadium and a special area for various activities.
The project’s new constructions will also be accompanied by a complete modernization of the content of the existing halls through the addition of interactive display techniques, the allocation of halls for children to simplify the rich cultural continuity of various provinces in the Kingdom and a comprehensive program for the development of human resources and management techniques.
This goal will be achieved by attracting qualified Saudi youth, male and female, and by providing them with intensive training programs in collaboration with international museums that are associated with the SCTH.
The museums that will provide training to the Saudi youth include Metropolitan Museum, New York, Smithsonian Institute and its Washington Museum Series, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the British Museum in London, and other major international museums.