’Roads of Arabia’ exhibition at National Museum in Riyadh witnessing remarkable turnout

Updated 22 November 2017
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’Roads of Arabia’ exhibition at National Museum in Riyadh witnessing remarkable turnout

RIYADH: The ongoing “Roads of Arabia” exhibition of the archaeological treasures of Saudi Arabia at the National Museum in Riyadh is witnessing a remarkable turnout, of both residents and tourists from outside the city.

The Roads of Arabia began as part of the accompanied exhibitions of the first Saudi archaeology forum on Nov. 7, and will be opened for visitors for 50 days, until December 26.

Speaking to Arab News, Jamal S. Omar, director general of the National Museum, on Monday said: “We have received the great response from the general public, Saudi locals, international visitors as well as foreign residents of Riyadh … we also received visitors from other cities in the Kingdom, Gulf countries and other parts of the world.”

“The response is great. We found that people are interested to learn about our cultural heritage; those who already had some knowledge increased it and those who had no idea got to know in detail about the cultural heritage by visiting the exhibition,” he said.

He further noted that the visitors were very enthusiastic to learn about the Kingdom’s cultural dimension, the deeply rooted continuation of the heritage, the rise of Islam and the unification of the modern Saudi Arabia by the legendary King Abdul Aziz.

In a reply to Arab News, his office reported that the number of visitors to the exhibition between Nov. 7 to Nov. 19 stands at 32,268.

The exhibition displays 466 rare archaeological objects highlighting the Kingdom’s rich heritage and cultural dimensions, and the successive civilizations that evolved through the ages.

Since its opening on July 13, 2010 at the Louvre Museum, Paris, the Roads of Arabia exhibit has been hosted by 10 international museums in Europe and the US; after that it moved to the Asia with the first stop in Beijing in 2016, and this year, it was held in Seoul.

Riyadh is the second city to host the Roads of Arabia exhibition at the national level. It was hosted before by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran under the patronage of King Salman in December 2016.


Mexican delegation visits Saudi Arabia to promote trade and discuss investment

The Mexican ambassador further declared that his country, like Saudi Arabia, is one of the top 20 economies in the world and is eager to strengthen mechanisms of collaboration in different areas. (SPA)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Mexican delegation visits Saudi Arabia to promote trade and discuss investment

  • The visiting team expressed their desire to benefit from and contribute to the projects presented by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: A trade delegation from Mexico called on the Saudi business community to strengthen trade partnerships with their counterparts in Mexico and participate in promising opportunities and investment projects in various areas, especially in the construction and infrastructure sectors.
“A delegation from the National Bank for Services and Public Works (BANOBRAS), the most important development bank in Mexico, visited Saudi Arabia to promote investment opportunities that will bring the countries closer together,” Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Miranda told Arab News on Friday.
Miranda accompanied Alejandro Blasco, head of investor relations at BANOBRAS, and Luis Ampudia, deputy head of investor relations, during the meeting at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC).
The Saudi delegation was made up of CSC Secretary-General Saud Al-Meshari; Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development Khalid S. Alkhudairy; and head of stakeholder management of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) Saad A. Alkroud.
During the meetings, the Mexican delegation shared the opportunities available in Mexico for identifying possible public-private partnerships and financing social infrastructure projects, and they discussed the potential of investment opportunities in Mexico as part of the PIF’s international diversified pool, said the envoy.
The visiting team expressed their desire to benefit from and contribute to the projects presented by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The Mexican ambassador further declared that his country, like Saudi Arabia, is one of the top 20 economies in the world and is eager to strengthen mechanisms of collaboration in different areas, taking into account that Mexico’s GDP is $1.1 trillion, has a population of 129 million inhabitants, an inflation rate of 4 percent and very low unemployment of just 4 percent.
“I am sure both countries will continue to work together in order to have more Mexicans in Saudi Arabia and more Saudis in Mexico,” said Ambassador Miranda.