Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is preparing to launch the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition, which will open on Monday, 29 January 2018, at the National Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, Presdient of SCTH, is following up on the preparations for this important event, which is one of the most important activities organized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Japan in cooperation with the Kingdom’s Embassy in Tokyo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Information, and Saudi Aramco as the sponsor of the exhibition.
In this important international exhibition, Saudi Arabia will display a collection of rare artifacts representing the cultural dimension of the Kingdom with its cultural and historical heritage and the civilizational exchange witnessed by its land through the different historical periods.
The exhibited artifacts cover a period from the Paleolithic period (one million years BC), the prehistoric times to the ancient eras before Islam, then the civilizations of the early, intermediate and late Arab kingdoms, passing through the Islamic period and the intermediate Islamic period, until the establishment of the Saudi State in its three stages to the era of the late King Abdul-Aziz, the founder of the modern Saudi State.
The National Museum in Tokyo is the 14th stop for of the Exhibition, having been hosted in four European countries (France, Spain, Germany and Russia) and five cities in the US, and then moving on to Asia, to be displayed in China and South Korea, besides its two local stops in Dhahran and Riyadh in the Kingdom.
This Exhibition was concluded at its last stop at the National Museum in Riyadh on Thursday, 21 December 2017, which was held in conjunction with the First Saudi Antiquities Forum, lasting for fifty days, during which it received more than 300,000 visitors.
Tokyo is considered the third biggest Asian stop after Beijing, China, and Seoul, South Korea, when the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abudl-Aziz, had launched the Asian stage of the Exhibition during the opening of this exhibition at King Abdul-Aziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, of Saudi Aramco, on Thursday, 13 July 2010. That came after the great success achieved in its international stops starting with Louvre Museum in Paris on 13 July 2010, followed by La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, Hermitage Museum in Russia, the Pergamon Museum in Germany, then it moved to the US for its presentation in Sackler Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, followed by the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas city, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California.
This exhibition is a major activity in the route of raising awareness of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom within the routes of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Initiative, which was adopted in May 2014 during the reign of late King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz and later confirmed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz (may Allah protect him) in September 2015 as an important national historical project reflecting the development of heritage projects program in the Kingdom.
The exhibition aims to inform the world about the civilization and history of the Arabian Peninsula and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its heritage treasures that embody its civilizational dimension, besides promoting cultural communication among the peoples of the world, and emphasize that the Kingdom was not an incident in history, but a cradle of great human civilizations, crowned by the great civilization of Islam.
At all its Asian stations, the exhibition is sponsored by Saudi Aramco as an extension of its support for SCTH exhibitions and projects in the field of cultural heritage.