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SAUDI ARABIA. The Royal Commission of AlUla Governorate (RCU) has signed a five-year agreement with the Louvre Museum in Paris. It includes the exhibition of a sculpture dating from the Lihyanite period, which took place from the 7th century BC until 24 BC.

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As part of this agreement, the Louvre will show the historical and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia and AlUla, one of the oldest cities in the Arabian Peninsula and home to Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO.

The agreement between the RCU and the Louvre will also embody the “vital partnership between Saudi Arabia and France in the cultural field”.

The sculpture from the Lihyanite period on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, as part of its space devoted to Saudi Arabia (Image: Saudi Press Agency)

The lihyanite sculpture – which has a height of more than two meters – is made of sandstone weighing over 800 kg and has been affected by erosion factors on several occasions.

The sculpture shows the historical depth and cultural heritage of AlUla antiquities. This goes hand in hand with the work of the RCU, which seeks to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the region while preparing AlUla to attract visitors from around the world.

Among the most significant discoveries in all of AlUla is the city of Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan kingdoms. The city, which was built meticulously from stone and straddling the valley oasis, dates back to between the late 9th and early 8th centuries BCE (Dadan Kingdom) and between the 5th and 2nd century BC (Kingdom of Lihyan).

The Dadan site excavation team is continuing their work with the aim of exploring more information about the kingdom’s civilizational history, which spans more than 2,500 years.

The RCU through its master plan “The Journey Through Time” announced the establishment of “Kingdoms Institute” in the Dadan region. The Kingdoms Institute will comprise seven main archaeological programs and research, including the preservation of rock art, languages, inscriptions, agriculture and sustainability in prehistoric times.

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