(MENAFN - Arab News) It was a proud moment for saudi students pursuing higher studies under the king abdullah scholarship program (kasp) in the us when they toured the 'roads of arabia" show an exhibition of archaeological masterpieces from the kingdom.
the 'roads of arabia" show was opened by prince sultan bin salman president of the saudi commission for tourism and antiquities (scta) along with kansas city mayor sly james at the nelson-atkins museum of art an scta official said friday.
the official quoted one of the visiting saudi students as saying: 'the roads of arabia expo has made us very proud of our history and culture" and expressed his hope that the exhibition would continue to showcase the kingdom's rich cultural heritage in the us for a long time.
at the end of the visit the students expressed their pleasure at visiting the exhibition stressing that it gave a realistic picture of the kingdom's heritage the official said.
'i would like to express my appreciation to everyone who has contributed to highlighting our heritage. i am so proud of this exhibition and i hope to seemore such wonderful efforts" said amjad al-ragi a saudi woman student pursuing higher studies under kasp.
'the greatest thing is that this visit has made me feel very close to and proud of my country and it is having a positive impact on my foreign colleagues" another student said.
the scta official said that the students during their tour of the show listened attentively to the detailed explanation of the exhibits provided by ali al-ghabban scta vice-president for antiquities and museums.
al-ghabban who is also the supervisor of the king abdullah project for "care for the cultural heritage of the kingdom" referred to the role of this exhibition in highlighting the history of the arabian peninsula indicating that the success of the exhibition at its past venues in europe and the us had made it a center of interest for many people from all over the world.
al-ghabban also referred to the historical importance of the relics which date back thousands of years and highlighted the scta's efforts in excavating such valuable materials in collaboration with national and international teams.