Hop on the world's first-ever Museum in the Sky in Saudi Arabia, where you'll be taken on a cultural journey through some of the kingdom's local history
2 November 2021| Last updated on 2 November 2021
Pictured: Rock formation in AlUla, Saudi Arabia
The 'flying museum' will launch from Thursday November 4.
Saudi Arabia is launching the world’s first-ever 'flying museum' this Thursday November 4, where visitors will be flown on an educational and culturally-rich plane journey.
Passengers at the Museum in the Sky will explore fascinating archaeological finds between Saudi Arabia's capital and the ancient city of AlUla.
The on-air museum is a collaborative project between the Royal Commission for AlUla and the Saudia airline. During the plane journey, visitors can browse through a replica exhibition of historical artefacts discovered in AlUla through previous archaeological excavations.
Onboard the 'flying museum', passengers can also watch a special 2021 documentary titled "Architects of Ancient Arabia", said the Saudi Press Agency.
Pictured: AlUla Old Town in Saudi Arabia, which was inhabited from at least the 12th century until the 1980s.
During the ride, Rebecca Foote, the Director of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Research at the commission, will provide passengers with an introduction to the documentary.
In addition, Foote will give an explanation about the artefacts displayed at the Museum in the Sky.
"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," said Foote.
She added: "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."
Philip Jones, the commission's Chief Destination Marketing Officer, said the 'flying museum' aims to showcase the importance of the archeological work being conducted in AlUla, of which the commission claims to be the "biggest archeological program" in the world in our current times.
Outside of the Museum in the Sky, international and local visitors to the historical site of AlUla can expect a range of seasonal activities throughout the year.
Passengers on the trip will have the opportunity to book the first tickets to the Masa Al-Hijr experience.