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Saudi Arabia To Launch World’s First-Ever ‘Flying Museum’

This week, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and Saudia, the national airline of Saudi Arabia, announced the upcoming launch of the world’s first-ever flying museum. The museum will be hosted on a plane during flights between Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh and the ancient city of AlUla, showcasing to passengers a replica collection of artifacts discovered in the region through years of excavations.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the flying museum will also show a documentary by Discovery Channel called “Architects of Ancient Arabia,” which premiered earlier this year and unearths the ancient history of the Kingdom. The documentary, which looks as far back as 7,000 years into the region’s history, has an introduction by RCU’s director of archaeology and cultural heritage research, Rebecca Foote.

“There is a major load of work ongoing in AlUla by local and international archeologists, and yet we are just beginning to understand the complicated nature of AlUla’s past. AlUla is a hidden gem in the Arabian Peninsula, and we are slowly discovering its secrets. I am looking forward to sharing more information about our work with passengers of the Museum in the Sky trip, operated by Saudia,” she explains.

Indeed, Al-Ula is an approximately 5,000-year-old expanse of golden sandstone and oases, renowned locally for its archaeological remnants, some over 2,000 years old. This ancient city was strategically located along the incense route, making it a key stop on the road between the Mediterranean and the Arab world, and it has been home to a myriad of civilizations at different points in time.

The upcoming launch of this landmark museum is a timely one as AlUla gets ready to launch a series of arts, culture, music, and wellness events for the upcoming winter season, starting December 21 and running all winter until March 31, 2022. The plethora of events, which will bring in visitors from across the globe to the Kingdom, fall under four main sections: AlUla’s renowned Winter at Tantora festival, AlUla Arts, AlUla Skies, and the AlUla Wellness Festival. 

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