Free entry to Saudi National Museum during 50-day archaeology convention

Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
Updated 08 November 2017

Free entry to Saudi National Museum during 50-day archaeology convention

RIYADH: Entry to the National Museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh, which is hosting a number of events and programs including exhibitions accompanying the first Saudi Archaeology Convention that began Tuesday, will be free to visitors.

“Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has directed authorities to cancel the entry fee to the National Museum for 50 days from the opening day of the archaeology convention,” the SCTH media department said Tuesday.

“With this free entry, the SCTH president has made it possible for people to visit the exhibitions accompanying the convention being held at the National Museum that will last for next 50 days,” it added.

The National Museum, besides a number of major events, activities and workshops, is hosting exhibitions including the famous “Roads of Arabia” exhibition, which has to date been organized in 11 internationally famed museums in Europe, America, China and South Korea, and enjoying the wide attention of world media.

Other exhibitions at the National Museum include the recovered antiquities exhibition; the recent archaeological discoveries exhibition; an exhibition reflecting Saudi kings’ care of Kingdom’s antiquities and national heritage, which will be held in partnership with the King Abdul Aziz Research Center (Darah); a photo exhibition on the restoration of Al-Hejaz railway station in Madinah in partnership with Al-Turath Foundation; the Saudi Geological Survey exhibition; a commemorative stamps exhibition; the historic photos exhibition; the pioneers of archaeology in the Kingdom exhibition; archaeology specialized books; a handicraft exhibition; and a fine arts exhibition.

These specialized exhibitions will remain open for visitors for 50 days along with a gala display of cultural, social and tourism events, competitions and artistic shows in the courtyard of the National Museum.

There will also be educational plays on antiquities and excavations, in addition to various folk shows, and a display of several full-length models representing major Saudi archaeological and heritage sites, and handicraft shows.

In conjunction with the convention, a number of programs accompanying the forum will be organized including a range of activities reflecting the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.

Riyadh governor opens high-profile Saudi economic forum

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Riyadh governor opens high-profile Saudi economic forum

RIYADH: A high-profile conference to tackle some of the main challenges facing the Saudi economy was on Tuesday opened by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

Speaking at the opening session of the influential three-day Riyadh Economic Forum (REF), the prince praised the Saudi business community for its cooperation with the government in helping to strengthen the country’s economic fortunes.

The ninth edition of the forum, being held under the title “Human-Centered Economy,” will discuss some of the key future economic issues confronting the Kingdom.

Thanking King Salman for his patronage of the event, vice chairman of Riyadh Chamber and chairman of the forum’s board of trustees, Hamad Al-Shuwaier, said important recommendations linked to the Vision 2030 plan would be announced during the gathering.

These would be related to the areas of public finance reform, the nonprofit sector, future jobs, the environment, and reverse migration.

“What distinguishes the forum, which serves as a research center for national issues, is its focus on the principle of dialogue and participation between all concerned, specialized and responsible parties within the economic and social community, by intensifying meetings and promoting participation in all study discussions, with the aim of touching barriers in a close and intensive manner.

“Accurately diagnosing the facts gives accurate results when identifying solutions,” he added.

Special sessions of the forum will aim to generate practical suggestions and solutions to help with economic decision-making and to establish the principle of dialogue and participation among sectors of the business community.

In July 2019, the REF held a panel discussion at the chamber’s Riyadh headquarters on a study detailing the role of balanced economic development in reverse migration and sustainable and comprehensive development in the Kingdom.

Its focus was to identify the obstacles preventing the movement of young workers between towns and big cities, as well as highlighting ways to improve the quality of life in small urban centers through an analytical survey of industrial and service resources in different regions.

Al-Shuwaier noted that the forum was special in bringing together a broad range of intellectual and practical minds from government and private sector organizations covering many fields.

He added that the chamber was working on the final touches to transforming the forum into an independent economic think tank that served national economic issues.

Ajlan Al-Ajlan, chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), which organized the event, said the forum’s main objectives included using scientific studies and methodology to identify issues affecting the national economy, analyzing constraints on economic growth and working to combat them by learning from the experiences of other countries.

He pointed out that the forum coincided with the Kingdom’s presidency of the 2020 G20 summit of global leaders, being held in Riyadh in November, and that the eyes of the world would be on Saudi Arabia.

The forum is one of the participants in T20, an official G20 engagement group, with four topics related to important sectors discussed by the group.

The opening ceremony of the REF was followed by a session on future jobs, administered by Education Minister Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh. Delegates discussed employment requirements linked to the fourth industrial revolution and how to tackle the prospect of 40 percent of jobs becoming obsolete due to mechanization in the farming and industrial sectors.

The session highlighted that education should go hand in hand to prepare students for the jobs of the future.

Forum data showed its previous eight sessions attracted 33,938 attendees, an average of 4,243 participants per session.