LOST TREASURES OF ARABIA DOCUMENTARY PREMIERED AT THE V&A
On Wednesday 19th of April 2023, at the Victorian Albert Museum-London, the Royal Commission of AlUla under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, unveiled an archaeological documentary that explores the ancient city of AlUla. This event was concurred by prominent personalities including; HE HRH Prince Khalid bin Bandar Al Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Elaph - Editor in Chief Othman Al-Omeir, Ex Minister of Culture and Media in Saudi Arabia - Adel Al Torefe, Journalist - Adel Darwish, Journalist - Barer Alqhtani, Journalist - Sultan Alsa’ad Alqhtani and Journalist and Director of the Parliamentary Society for Arts UK - Rebeca Riofrio to name a few.
The Royal Commission for AlUla together with National Geographic captured in a 3 part documentary the essence of the ancient city of AlUla. The event was followed by a Q&A, having as panelists Dr Abdulrahman A Alsuhaibani - Co-Director of Dada Archeological Project & Executive Director of Collections RCA, Dr Rebecca Foote - Director of Archaeology & Cultural Heritage RCU and Dirk Verheye - Documentary Director.
This UNESCO site was a meeting point for societies of the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean world, and Asia. AlUla has borne witness to 200,000 years of human memory and served as a setting where the arcs of common cultural heritage, the Arabic language, and humanity’s relationship with the natural environment has evolved and endured.
AlUla’s, Hegra Archaeological Site (Al-Hijr / Mada’in Salih) was the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia, and in serving as a canvas that contributed to the region’s record of its cultural origins, it embodies the same spirit as UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MoW) Programme.
AlUla is a place of extraordinary human and natural heritage considered a living museum of preserved tombs, sandstone outcrops, historic dwellings, and monuments, both natural and human made.
About the Royal Commission for AlUla:
The Royal Commission for AlUla Governorate was established to preserve the heritage of AlUla, which is characterised by its unique natural and cultural components. The authority has embarked on implementing a long-term plan to develop in a sustainable manner the region.
They are working on developing and implementing various initiatives to advance the antiquities, tourism, culture, education, arts in line with the goals of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.
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(Photos of AlUla collected at the Media section/RCA)