Saudi Archaeological Treasures Return Home after Global Tour

The “Roads of Arabia” exhibition, a display of Saudi archaeological treasures, is finally returning to Riyadh after a whirlwind global tour.

The highly anticipated exhibition will arrive at the National Museum in Riyadh for 50 days starting Nov. 7. Coincidentally, the Kingdom’s Antiquities Forum, organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and supported by King Salman, is also taking place the very same day.

The archaeological exhibit’s second stop on its Asian tour concluded at the end of August at the Seoul National Museum in South Korea. Four European cities, five U.S. cities and Beijing played host to the Saudi artifacts, making Seoul the eleventh stop on the exhibit’s international tour.

In Europe, world-renowned museums displayed the archaeological treaures, making stops at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

In the United States, museums from the east to the west coast had an opportunity to display these magnificent artifacts, starting at the Sackler Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., followed by the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, the Fine Art Museum in Houston, Texas and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Finally, the artifacts reached the west coast, making an appearance at the Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco.

Jeddah: A Tourism Staple

Jeddah’s geographical proximity to international travel, trade and foreign markets helps it maintain economic and commercial dominance, specifically with its role in hosting functions, exhibitions and conferences.

Jeddah is located in the Makkah region, an area that has 31 percent of the Kingdom’s total authorized locations to host functions, exhibitions and conferences. Jeddah makes up over half this percentage, representing 20 percent of the authorized locations itself, Mohammed Al-Amri, the Director General of the SCTH in the Makkah region said.

In the first half of 2017, the Makkah region held around 1,682 functions and conferences. Jeddah alone hosted a staggering 1,536 of the events, which makes up nearly 30 percent of the Kingdom’s overall functions, he said. It is also the home to nearly 25 percent of the total shopping and commercial centers in the Kingdom.

Jeddah’s unique location attracts a plethora of global companies, economic institutions and hotels, making it the ever-growing and staple destination for tourists in Saudi Arabia.

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