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.

Hanan Al-Hamad, Saudi educator

Updated 07 August 2020

Hanan Al-Hamad, Saudi educator

Hanan Al-Hamad is a Saudi educator and quality and excellence management consultant. She is also a certified European Foundation for Quality Management trainer and model assessor, a certified Trainer of Trainers, and a certified KPI practitioner.
Al-Hamad has developed English language curricula and provided teaching strategy training for the Ministry of Education and has been a judge for some of the ministry’s excellence awards. She has also helped establish numerous international schools in the Kingdom in accordance with the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
Al-Hamad is also a popular public speaker and has conducted various workshops at institutions including the King Fahad National Center for Children’s Cancer and King Saud Medical City.
Al-Hamad holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a second or foreign language from the College of Education at King Faisal University in Riyadh, and received her master’s degree in management and planning from the College of Social Sciences at Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.
As Saudi Arabia prepares for the upcoming academic year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Al-Hamad said the debate over whether children’s education or health should take top priority has not been solved at a global level.
“The family’s education and financial status, as well as the parents’ technical literacy, will have an impact on each student’s experience with remote education,” Al-Hamad said in a recent interview on Al Arabiya.
 “Moreover, not all parents have the freedom to devote their time to teach their children and follow up with them at home.”
She added: “I believe the educational experience should be flexible, and families should have the choice to send their children to school or not, while guaranteeing an equally efficient educational experience for both choices.”