In the heart of Barcelona, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will exhibit 320 rare archeological relics – the legacy of cultural and historical heritage of the kingdom as the vivid reminders of the land, which was the center of trade, economic, and cultural development of ancient civilizations.
The exhibition is scheduled to open next Friday, November 12, 2010 by HRH Prince Felipe de Borbon, Crown Prince of Spain, along with HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), and HRH Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Spain at the gallery of the Foundation La Caixa.
On this occasion, HRH the president of SCTA stated that the exhibition presents the cultural dimension of the kingdom to the world, highlighting the importance of the antiquities of Saudi Arabia to understand chains of human history, as well as the important position of the kingdom for humanitarian communication under the rule of its wise leadership.
HRH added, “The exhibition offers a large variety of exceptional Saudi relics that are showcased outside the country for the first time, and comes as an extension of the kingdom’s outstanding international role and its Islamic position as the host to the Two Holy Mosques, its economic role, as well as its impact on the important aspects of the human interaction, given its unique geographical location, which has been an important point of cultural communication and economic cooperation between east and west, and a bridge to the cultural communication among nations throughout the ages.”
On the other hand, the Spanish Ambassador to the kingdom, Mr. Balboa Brabwa, stated that his country is keen to be the second European country hosting the Saudi Antiquities Exhibition based on the fact that KSA has rich cultural, archeological and civilization patrimony that needs to be highlighted across the world, adding that Roads of Arabia represents a great opportunity to showcase the historical and civilizational aspects of KSA to the Spanish and foreign tourists.
Mr. Brabwa added that the exhibition will be an essential addition to the strong relationship between the KSA and Spain since it witnesses increasing cooperation developments in different fields. Mr. Brabwa stated that the exhibition receives official, public, and media attention in Spain, especially with the big success this exhibition has achieved at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The exhibition was transferred from the Louvre Museum in Paris, where it was recently held for more than two months, and enjoyed a heavy turnout by French visitors, as well as tourists from around the world, where the number of the visitors exceeded 160,000.
Roads of Arabia showcases 350 artifacts representing different periods of the history of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia since the prehistoric times through the era before Islam, including the early and middle Arab civilizations down to the early Islamic era, the middle Islamic and the late Islamic epochs, leading to the emergence of Saudi state in three periods, until the reign of King Abdul Aziz, and will continue until February 27, 2011.