Touring showcase of Saudi culture and heritage arrives in Rome

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The exhibition in Rome featured 450 rare artifacts. (SPA)
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The exhibition in Rome featured 450 rare artifacts. (SPA)
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The exhibition in Rome featured 450 rare artifacts. (SPA)
Updated 29 November 2019

Touring showcase of Saudi culture and heritage arrives in Rome

  • “The exhibition provides an opportunity to learn more about the rich cultural history of both Saudi Arabia and Italy”

ROME: Prince Badr bin Abdullah, the Saudi minister of culture, on Tuesday officially opened an exhibition in Rome featuring 450 rare artifacts that showcase the cultural development and heritage of the Kingdom.

In his speech at The National Roman Museum during the inauguration of The Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia across the Ages, the prince said: “We hope the exhibition’s visitors will find their passions satisfied in a journey that will take them to all the Kingdom’s historical periods, from the Stone Age to its unification by the founding king.”

He added: “My country is experiencing a major cultural renaissance, with the support of its leadership.” Prince Badr described Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “the leader of our cultural renaissance,” whose support for “the arts and culture sector in the Kingdom comes from a strong belief in its importance in building bridges between nations and cultures.”

He continued: “The exhibition provides an opportunity to learn more about the rich cultural history of both Saudi Arabia and Italy. We are confident that the exhibition will contribute to increasing understanding of the shared history between the Kingdom and Italy through the ages.”

Other dignitaries at the inauguration included Dario Franceschini, the Italian minister of cultural heritage and activities. The traveling exhibition was launched at the Louvre in Paris in July 2010. Rome, where it will remain for three months, is the 17th location it has visited, and it has welcomed 5 million visitors.

The Kingdom’s Ministry of Culture, which organized the exhibition in cooperation with other official bodies, said the event aims to highlight Saudi culture, promote cultural exchange, preserve artifacts and ensure their status as national treasures, and underline the Kingdom’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage

The staging of the exhibition in Rome, the ministry added, reflects the long-standing cultural relations between Saudi Arabia and Italy, and continues the historical connections that link Arab civilization with the city of art and culture.
 


Saudi ministry’s medical unit tops drugs survey

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Saudi ministry’s medical unit tops drugs survey

  • Reporting drug side effects helps to protect patients through regular information updates monitored worldwide

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior’s General Administration of Medical Services topped the July 2020 list released by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority for hospitals and health centers that first reported drug side effects.

A total of 507 reports were submitted by General Administration of Medical Services, topping the list of hospitals and health centers that met drug safety standards by monitoring and reporting side effects of drugs.

The list included 59 hospitals and health centers, which submitted a combined 4,345 reports.

The General Administration of Medical Services uses an electronic system in its hospitals and health centers that includes drug information for health practitioners as well as warnings on side effects and possible adverse reactions.

This ensures the safety of patients — ministry employees and their families — and helps to monitor problems related to drug use.

Reporting drug side effects helps to protect patients through regular information updates monitored worldwide under the supervision of the World Health Organization (WHO).