‘Roads of Arabia’ kicks off next week in Rome

The exhibition highlights the Kingdom’s role in world civilizations and heritage
Updated 17 November 2019

‘Roads of Arabia’ kicks off next week in Rome

  • Since July 13, 2010, the exhibition has been staged in 16 international cities, showcasing outstanding masterpieces of exceptional value for the first time outside of Saud Arabia

RIYADH: The “Roads of Arabia Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition opens at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.
Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini will inaugurate the exhibition.
The event is organized by the Saudi Ministry of Culture, under the auspices of Saudi Aramco, in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, and with the participation of several agencies.
The exhibition will continue for three months, in a new international station, to present the rich cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula.
Since July 13, 2010, the exhibition has been staged in 16 international cities, showcasing outstanding masterpieces of exceptional value for the first time outside of the Kingdom.
The exhibition highlights the Kingdom’s role in world civilizations and heritage, its Islamic status as the country where the Two Holy Mosques are located, and its position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West.
The exhibition was held for the first time at the Louvre Museum in Paris, then at the “La caixa Fundacion” Barcelona, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.


Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

Saudi passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

  • Saudi Arabia’s information and communications technology sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product

RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Passports is offering a “messages and applications” service to people through the Absher online platform.
Beneficiaries can use the service by logging into their account on Absher, choosing the “My Services” option, general services, messages and applications, then clicking on the “General Directorate of Passports” link and selecting the required service from a list including “identification of residents, visas, transfer of information, transfer of information and change of profession, suggestions.” After writing their message, they simply click the “send” button.
The passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials at the directorate to discuss their problems.
The Kingdom’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product.
The sector has experienced significant regulatory change, expressed across several public- and private-sector investment drives since the launch of Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia is also the region’s largest ICT market, ranking 13th globally, with a value of $28.7 billion (SR107 billion) in 2019 and strong growth in both the consumer and enterprise segments.