‘Roads of Arabia’ exhibition makes its way to Japan

Talib Al-Rifai, secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), visits the Roads of Arabia exhibition at the National Museum in Riyadh.
Updated 27 December 2017

‘Roads of Arabia’ exhibition makes its way to Japan

RIYADH: Tokyo National Museum is the next stop in January for the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition of Saudi archaeological masterpieces organized under the supervision of Prince Sultan bin Salman.
Since its opening on July 13, 2010, at the Louvre Museum, Paris, the Roads of Arabia has been hosted by 10 international museums in Europe and the US, from where it moved to the Asia tour with the first stop in Beijing in 2016.
It was held in the South Korean capital of Seoul in the middle of this year and then moved to the National Museum in Riyadh in November as part of the first Saudi Archaeology Forum. Riyadh was the second Saudi city to host the prestigious exhibition: It was hosted earlier by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran under the patronage of King Salman in December 2016.
The Roads of Arabia and some of the accompanying exhibitions at the National Museum have now finished, having attracted a remarkable turnout of 200,000 visitors over a month and a half that included diplomatic delegations, ministers and senior officials.
A few of the exhibitions hosted as part of the archaeology forum at the National Museum have been extended for some days as per instructions from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
The forthcoming schedule for the exhibition in 2018 besides Tokyo includes Istanbul in June and the Louvre Abu Dhabi later in the year.
Setsuo Ohmori, deputy head of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Riyadh, told Arab News that the opening ceremony for the Roads of Arabia at Tokyo National Museum is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2018.
He added that Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the SCTH, is expected to attend the ceremony.
Jamal S. Omar, director general of the National Museum in Riyadh, told Arab News: “Many of the visitors had little idea about the archaeological depth and findings and were surprised to see it over the exhibition period.”
The exhibition gave visitors the opportunity to see 466 antiquities that identify the civilization and culture of the Kingdom through different ages, Omar said.
Earlier, Diaa-Eddin Saed Bamakhrama, dean of the diplomatic corps and ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti in Riyadh, who led a diplomatic delegation to the exhibition, said it was a learning experience, especially in light of the Arabian Peninsula’s strategic geographical location in the heart of the world and its importance as the home of successive civilizations.

More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018

More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.