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

Updated 22 November 2017

’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.

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.