Cross the cultural bridge

WT Writer
Dec 1, 2018
Don’t miss this critically acclaimed exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi, which delves into the rich history of the Arabian Peninsula 


Art and culture fans have yet another reason to visit the UAE capital over the coming months, thanks to Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia exhibition, which explores the fascinating story of the Arabian Peninsula through archaeological and cultural artefacts from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

One of the most renowned Saudi exhibitions internationally, it was originally conceived through a cooperation between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the Musée du Louvre in Paris, where it was first presented in 2010. Now back in the region following a 14-stop tour of Europe, the US and Asia and, the exhibition has been enriched by a selection of rare pieces from the emirates.

It explores five chapters in the history of the Arabian Peninsula, from early prehistoric settlements to the social and economic developments between the 14th and 16th centuries that set the stage for the modern-day region. Visitors can view important archaeological pieces from the UAE, including a pearl found in Umm Al Quwain dating from 5500-5300 BCE (loaned by Umm Al Quwain Museum), which are displayed alongside significant artefacts from KSA, including a door of the Kaaba dating to 1355 (loaned by the National Museum in Riyadh), among many others. Bolster your knowledge through a series of film screenings curated by Emirati artist Hind Mezaina (taking place each Saturday from 5 to 26 January), as well as talks and poetry performances designed to provide a richer insight.

The exhibition is taking place until 16 February 2019. Entry is free upon purchasing a ticket to the museum.

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Photo credit: Roads of Arabia © Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi