Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in association with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Both are physically connected by an underground passageway, and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and deep appreciation of Asian art. In addition, the Freer Gallery contains an important collection of 19th century American art punctuated by James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room. Visitors to the two museums, online or in person, can move through cultures and time periods to create a unique, tailored experience. In addition to exhibitions the galleries feature innovative programming for visitors of all ages, such as lectures, concerts, films, and podcasts that enhance and extend the visit. Our mantra is to present the best in Asian art while enabling our visitors to walk through a vivid timeline of world cultures.

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SCTA is committed to facilitating sustainable and balanced tourism development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the formulation of clear-cut policies in close partnership with industry leaders and the private sector, in addition to strengthening this nascent industry in order to achieve the highest degree of self-sufficiency. With respect to SCTA’s mission towards Antiquities and Museums, we reinforce our ability to protect monuments by recording and conducting explorations related to antiquities and developing museums of architectural heritage to promote knowledge of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Antiquities and Museums sector of the SCTA is working effectively to create and develop the cultural resources to present artifacts to the community for the promotion of cultural tourism while, stimulating the private sector for investment in the projects of Antiquities and Museums.

We gratefully acknowledge the principal co-sponsors of the tour of Roads of Arabia in the United States:

ExxonMobil is proud to play a leading role in providing the energy the world needs to support economic growth, technological advancement, and the well-being of communities around the globe. Through our Upstream, Downstream and Chemical businesses, we operate facilities or market products in nearly all of the world's countries and explore for oil and gas on six continents. ExxonMobil is committed to developing local economic capacity in a way that benefits people, communities and business over the long term.

Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise and a world leader in exploration, production, refining, distribution, shipping and marketing. It manages the world’s largest proven conventional crude oil and condensate reserves, is a top ten global refiner, and is the largest exporter of natural gas liquids. Saudi Aramco’s core oil and gas operations span the Kingdom, with subsidiaries and affiliates located across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.


Sponsorship Also Provided By:

  • Founded in 1947, The Olayan Group is a private, multinational enterprise made up of more than 50 companies and affiliated businesses. It is both a global investor and a leading diversified commercial and industrial business in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East. In both investment and operations, the group prides itself on durable relationships with high-quality partners in a perpetual quest for business excellence. The Olayan Group has principal offices in Riyadh, Athens, Vienna, London, and New York.

  • Fluor is a FORTUNE 200 company that delivers engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM), and project management to clients in diverse industries around the world. Founded in 1912, Fluor has built a reputation for precise engineering and construction work in the emerging petroleum industry. Today, Fluor continues to develop innovative solutions for complex project challenges in diverse industries, including chemicals and petrochemicals, commercial and institutional, government services, life sciences, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, power, renewable energy, telecommunications, and transportation infrastructure.

Additional Support:

  • Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. The company was founded in 1916 in Washington State and today Boeing supports airlines and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training. With corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 170,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries.

  • Khalid Ali Alturki & Sons Company (Alturki) is a leading Saudi family owned investment and development company. Alturki’s subsidiaries and joint venture companies are involved in contracting, trading, manufacturing, and consulting focused specifically on the construction, energy, petrochemicals, water, and power sectors as well as telecommunications, environment, and real estate primarily in Saudi Arabia.

  • SABIC is the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics and metals. SABIC first started operating in the Americas in 1987 and now includes SABIC Innovative Plastics, a world leader in providing engineering thermoplastic material solutions. In the US, SABIC has 11 office locations and operates 17 manufacturing sites as well as Technology and Innovation centers.

  • Saudi Arabian Airlines started out in 1945 with a single twin-engine DC-3 (Dakota) HZ-AAX given to King Abdul Aziz as a gift by the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today Saudi Arabian Airlines has some one hundred and thirty-nine (139) aircrafts, including the latest and most advanced wide-bodied jets presently available. Saudi Arabian Airlines is part of the SkyTeam Alliance.