‘Roads of Ara­bia’ expo re­ceives Ja­panese at­ten­tion

Arab News - - SAUDI ARABIA -

The Na­tional Museum in Tokyo is the third Asian stop of the “Roads of Ara­bia: Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Trea­sures of Saudi Ara­bia” ex­hi­bi­tion, and the 14th stop in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Com­ment­ing on the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the expo in Tokyo, Ja­pan’s deputy cul­ture min­is­ter said the close and his­toric re­la­tions be­tween his coun­try and the King­dom have con­tin­ued to grow and ex­pand.

Prince Sul­tan bin Sal­man, pres­i­dent of the Saudi Com­mis­sion for Tourism and Na­tional Her­itage (SCTH), spon­sored the open­ing cer­e­mony of the ex­hi­bi­tion in Tokyo. It was in­au­gu­rated in co­op­er­a­tion with the museum’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Saudi em­bassy.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has re­ceived much at­ten­tion in Ja­pan, where it is con­sid­ered the largest of its kind to in­tro­duce Saudi an­tiq­ui­ties and the civ­i­liza­tions of the Ara­bian Penin­sula.

The ex­hi­bi­tion aims to strengthen cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion among the peo­ples of the world. It in­cludes 466 rare ar­chae­o­log­i­cal pieces that high­light the King­dom’s rich civ­i­liza­tion, his­tory and cul­ture of the Ara­bian Penin­sula in gen­eral, and of Saudi Ara­bia in par­tic­u­lar.

They span the pa­le­olithic pe­riod (1 mil­lion years BC) to the reign of the late King Ab­dul Aziz.

Af­ter Ja­pan, Roads of Ara­bia will be staged in Is­tan­bul be­fore mov­ing on to the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi in the lat­ter part of the year.

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