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Louvre Abu Dhabi to Showcase Ancient Relics From Saudi Arabia

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If you’re interested in archeology and the deep-rooted history of the Arabian Peninsula, then you don’t want to miss the Louvre Abu Dhabi‘s second exhibition of the museum’s new culture season. Entitled “Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia”, the new exhibit is set to kick off on November 8 under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and in partnership with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), and Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The exhibition is a cultural map of Saudi Arabia‘s rich heritage and history, and made its global debut in 2010 at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Presenting ancient relics from the Kingdom — objects from the Kaaba, a 6,000-year-old Anthropomorphic Stele from the Northwestern city of Ha’il, and a centuries-old funerary mask — the traveling exhibition features more than 466 archaeological pieces selected from the National Museum in Riyadh and the King Saud University Museum, among others. Chronologically arranged, “Roads of Arabia” takes visitors and history buffs on a journey through prehistoric periods, the Bronze Age, and the Islamic period until the establishment of the Kingdom throughout its three stages up to the reign of HM the late King Abdulaziz.

Additionally, numerous objects from the United Arab Emirates will also be on display at the upcoming exhibition, which is curated by Jamal S. Omar, vice president of Antiquities and Museums Department at STCH, Dr. Souraya Noujaim, scientific, curatorial and collection management director at Louvre Abu Dhabi, and chief curator for Archaeology at Louvre Abu Dhabi, Noëmi Daucé. These include a pearl dating from 5500-5300 BCE loaned by Umm Al Quwain Museum; a stone with a camel painted on it from the late 3rd millennium BC; and ancient objects from Julfar, Ras Al Khaimah’s historic coastal city.

One of the most renowned Saudi exhibitions, “Roads of Arabia” has previously exhibited in 13 museums across Europe, the United States, and in Asia.

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