Visitors flock to ‘Roads of Arabia’ exhibit in Athens

Visitors tour the exhibition in Athens. The event offers an insight into the history of the Arabian Peninsula and uncovers the historical development of Saudi Arabia. (Photo/SPA)
Updated 19 April 2019

Visitors flock to ‘Roads of Arabia’ exhibit in Athens

  • Major SCTH event displays a wide range of sculptures and artifacts dating back thousands of years

ATHENS: Visitors are flocking to the Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia exhibition at Benaki Museum in Athens.

The exhibition has been organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).

“I’ve always been curious about this exhibition, and I’ve enjoyed it a lot,” said Ukrainian visitor Alexandra. 

“The ambiance and the diverse exhibits take you back in time … The exhibition displays artifacts dating back thousands of years. I urge everyone to visit it.”

Another visitor, Odiris, said: “I enjoyed the exhibition a lot due to Arabia’s diverse epochs. I saw a sculpture that dates back 10,000 years … The presentation is exciting with its colors and lights, and what I witnessed … motivates me to visit the National Museum in Riyadh. I urge everyone to visit this exhibition and learn about cultures and important historical epochs.”

Athena Ekonomizo said: “The exhibition is great. It brings together thousands of years of history about an area we don’t know much about. I learned a lot and I was astonished by the Kingdom’s development. I feel that I was given the opportunity to see the history of the Arab world and the Arabian Peninsula.”

Donald said: “It’s all new to me, and I’ve learned a lot about the history of the Arabian Peninsula. I was fascinated by the exhibition’s organization. Not only does it showcase the history of the Arab world, it also uncovers the historical development of Saudi Arabia.

“The organization is simplified and effective, allowing visitors to understand the course of history … Everyone should visit the exhibition since we don’t study a lot about Saudi Arabia at school, and this is a chance to understand Saudi culture. I was fascinated that the Kingdom is a new state unified by King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud in 1932.”

Italian visitor Orazza Peluisi said: “The organization … makes you feel that you are in the Kingdom. The lighting is excellent and the exhibits are exciting and beautiful. It didn’t occur to me to see these crafts in Saudi culture.”

Peluisi, who used to work in Alkhobar, added: “I highly recommend visiting the Kingdom … The citizens are hospitable, the food is delicious, and Saudi Arabia is a different and special country.”

Carlos said: “I’m from Spain but I study in Athens. I love Arabic and learned the language in Jordan. This place (the exhibition) makes me feel like I’m in Jordan again since it exhibits old Arab history … This is my first visit here, and I’d like to visit … another time.”

Liliana Cozoni said: “This is an excellent exhibition that displays everything in detail … It’s beautiful to see the crossroads of civilizations. All the tombstones and statues are stunning. I also liked the glass and ceramic exhibits, and how they were preserved throughout the years. This exhibition is worth visiting.”

Houthis drone attack targets Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jawf

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Houthis drone attack targets Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jawf

  • The drone was intercepted over Yemeni airspace
  • The coalition destroyed three drones during the earlier 24 hours

DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed a Houthi drone targeting Al-Jawf in the north of Saudi Arabia, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.

Coalition forces intercepted the drone while it was still in Yemen’s airspace.

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said, the militia’s continued attempted attacks would end in failure,

Earlier on Monday, the coalition announced that they successfully destroyed three Houthi drones and intercepted six ballistic missiles targeting Saudi Arabia over 24 hours.

The missiles, which were launched from Saada, were targeting civilian areas in Al-Jazan, Al-Maliki said.

Earlier in August, 10 drones were fired at the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia, near the UAE border – the Houthis claim responsibility for the attack.

There were no injuries and operations were not disrupted.