Tokyo National Museum is the next stop in January
for the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition of Saudi archaeological masterpieces
organized under the supervision of Prince Sultan bin Salman.
Since its opening on July 13, 2010, at the Louvre
Museum, Paris, the Roads of Arabia has been hosted by 10 international museums
in Europe and the US, from where it moved to the Asia tour with the first stop
in Beijing in 2016.
It was held in the South Korean capital of Seoul in
the middle of this year and then moved to the National Museum in Riyadh in
November as part of the first Saudi Archaeology Forum. Riyadh was the second
Saudi city to host the prestigious exhibition: It was hosted earlier by the
King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran under the patronage
of King Salman in December 2016.
The Roads of Arabia and some of the accompanying
exhibitions at the National Museum have now finished, having attracted a
remarkable turnout of 200,000 visitors over a month and a half that included
diplomatic delegations, ministers and senior officials.
A few of the exhibitions hosted as part of the
archaeology forum at the National Museum have been extended for some days as
per instructions from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage
The forthcoming schedule for the exhibition in 2018
besides Tokyo includes Istanbul in June and the Louvre Abu Dhabi later in the
Setsuo Ohmori, deputy head of mission at the
Japanese Embassy in Riyadh, told Arab News that the opening ceremony for the
Roads of Arabia at Tokyo National Museum is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2018.
He added that Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of
the SCTH, is expected to attend the ceremony.
Jamal S. Omar, director general of the National
Museum in Riyadh, told Arab News: “Many of the visitors had little idea about
the archaeological depth and findings and were surprised to see it over the
The exhibition gave visitors the opportunity to see
466 antiquities that identify the civilization and culture of the Kingdom
through different ages, Omar said.
Earlier, Diaa-Eddin Saed Bamakhrama, dean of the
diplomatic corps and ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti in Riyadh, who led
a diplomatic delegation to the exhibition, said it was a learning experience,
especially in light of the Arabian Peninsula’s strategic geographical location
in the heart of the world and its importance as the home of successive
civilizations. – AN