‘Roads of Arabia’ expo opens in Tokyo

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The Tokyo museum is the third Asian stop of the Roads of Arabia Exhibition and the 13th stop at the international level. (SPA)
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Roads of Arabia is a 466-piece archaeological exhibition that showcases the rich civilization, history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula.
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Roads of Arabia is a 466-piece archaeological exhibition that showcases the rich civilization, history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula.
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Roads of Arabia is a 466-piece archaeological exhibition that showcases the rich civilization, history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula.
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Roads of Arabia is a 466-piece archaeological exhibition that showcases the rich civilization, history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula.
Updated 01 February 2018
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‘Roads of Arabia’ expo opens in Tokyo

RIYADH: The Roads of Arabia exhibition was inaugurated at Tokyo National Museum on Monday by Saudi Ambassador to Japan Ahmed bin Younes Al-Barrak.
Roads of Arabia is a 466-piece archaeological exhibition that showcases the rich civilization, history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula in general and of Saudi Arabia in particular. The artifacts range from prehistoric and pre-Islamic periods to the reign of King Abdulaziz, and some are on display for the first time.
“The prestigious exhibition was opened on behalf of the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Prince Sultan bin Salman, by the Saudi ambassador to Japan,” Majed Al-Sheddi, director general of media relations at SCTH told Arab News on Tuesday.
“Prince Sultan has sponsored the opening ceremony of this 13th edition of the exhibition on foreign soil, and it has been inaugurated in cooperation with the museum administration and the Saudi Embassy in Tokyo,” he added.
Saudi Aramco has contributed to the cost of the exhibition, which will enable visitors to enter free of charge, Al-Sheddi added. Roads of Arabia is a joint initiative of Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and the SCTH.
Tokyo is the third Asian stop for the exhibition. Since its launch on July 13, 2010 at the Louvre in Paris, the exhibition was hosted by 10 museums in Europe and the US, before moving on to its Asia tour, first in Beijing in 2016 and then in Seoul in mid-2017, from where it moved to the National Museum in Riyadh as part of the first Saudi Archaeology Forum in November last year.
Al-Sheddi claimed the expo has received considerable attention in Japan, where it is the largest exhibition of its kind to introduce the antiquities of Saudi Arabia and the civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula.
After Japan, Roads of Arabia will be staged in Istanbul before moving on to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the latter part of the year.


Red Bull Air Race takes off in eastern KSA's Sharqiah Season

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Red Bull Air Race takes off in eastern KSA's Sharqiah Season

  • Red Bull Air Show Demo, taking place in Dammam for the first time as part of Sharqiah Season

DAMMAM: Hundreds of Saudis streamed to the Corniche on Thursday afternoon for the opening of the Red Bull Air Show Demo, taking place in Dammam for the first time as part of Sharqiah Season.

French pilot Baptiste Vignes and Swede Daniel Ryfa performed competition maneuvers between 13 “air gates” — 25-meter cones set up in the water — while there was also an aerobatic display, featuring tail slides and rolling turns, high in the skies above the course.

Obadah Al-Sibai and Suhair Nabil were camped out below to see the air demo. “It’s something completely different, unlike anything we’ve ever experienced here in Saudi,” said Al-Sibai.

“The whole of Sharqiah Season has been incredible to see unfold. I can’t believe there’s still more to come,” Nabil added.

The demo, held in collaboration with the General Sports Authority (GSA), is taking place for three days over the weekend on Dammam’s northern waterfront as a prelude to the 2019 season finale, that will be held in the Kingdom in November.

Between the demonstration and the aerobatic display, a vast speaker system set up along the Corniche pumped out pop music, from Queen to Drake, whilst children had their faces painted and visitors posed for photos in front of a replica Red Bull plane.

Sharqiah Season, which features over 80 events across Eastern Province cities, is the first of 11 scheduled festivals planned around Saudi Arabia in 2019, organized as a collaborative effort by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage with the GSA, General Entertainment Authority and General Culture Authority.

The second Red Bull event begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, with gates open from 1 p.m. Thursday night’s Pitbull concert, meanwhile, has been rescheduled for Friday afternoon in Dammam’s Life Park.