Treasures of Saudi Arabia’s National Museum visit Riyadh Park Mall

The National Museum introduced artifacts to the public through people dressed in costumes inspired by the museum’s treasures. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 24 May 2019

Treasures of Saudi Arabia’s National Museum visit Riyadh Park Mall

  • The public were educated about the history of the artifacts from the museum

RIYADH: The National Museum organized a social experiment in one of Riyadh’s malls to celebrate International Museum Day.

It introduced artifacts to the public in Riyadh Park Mall through people dressed in costumes inspired by the museum’s treasures.

They interacted with the audience, taught them about the history behind each artifact, and handed out free tickets to the museum, which organized the activity to raise its profile and allow free access to its exhibits.

This year’s celebration was titled “Museums as cultural centers: The future of traditions.” It aims to improve the relationship between society and modern museums, and to note their contributions to culture, knowledge and science.

Recently, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) granted five new licenses to the private museums in Riyadh, which will take the total number of museums in the region’s towns, cities and governorates to 50.

Two of the new museums approved by the commission, Riwaq Al-Turath Museum in Riyadh and Moudi Al-Asimi Museum in Al-Dawadmi governorate, are owned by women.

Other licenses go to the Majid Heritage Museum in Rawdat Sadir, the Khalid Al-Radian Heritage Museum in Riyadh, and the Qararah Museum in Al-Dawadmi.

The International Museum Day is observed every year on May 18 in coordination with the International Council of Museums (ICoM) to highlight a specific theme.

The annual celebrations were first initiated in 1977, when ICoM decided to devote a special day for museums in an attempt to enhance the relationship between museums and society.


Saudi and Italian FMs meet to discuss G20 affairs

Updated 07 August 2020

Saudi and Italian FMs meet to discuss G20 affairs

  • Saudi Arabia is G20 host this year and Italy next year

ROME: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio on Friday at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, as part of his official visit to Italy.

The two men discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them, the current situation in the region, and other issues of common interest.

Following their meeting, Di Maio hosted a lunch for Prince Faisal and his accompanying delegation, which was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Italy Prince Faisal bin Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, the director general of the foreign minister’s office Ambassador Abdullah Al-Aifan, and other officials.

Discussions during the working lunch touched on the Kingdom’s presidency of the G20 and the importance of enhancing cooperation to achieve the group’s goals, as Italy will assume the presidency next year.

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