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Students visit Sharjah Archaeological Museum
Students from the AUS Multicultural Students Association and the Saudi Cultural Club organized a trip to the Sharjah Archeological Museum on October 23 to attend an exhibition entitled The Echo of Caravans: Pre-Islamic Civilization Sites in Saudi Arabia. The exhibition showcased artefacts discovered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia revealing the historical traditions and customs common to the people of the Arabian Peninsula, highlighting the cultural similarities and customs between the ancient communities of Arabia.
Through the interaction between the students and the curator, the students gained an in-depth understanding of the complex trade routes that crisscrossed the peninsula, how people living in towns and villages throughout Arabia were able to communicate, barter and trade while also sharing knowledge of the latest tools as well as other tradable goods.
“I expected the visit to be just another way to learn about history and archeology, but I was amazed by how interesting and how eye-opening it was. It felt like we traveled back to another century. As a Saudi national, I learned many things visiting this exhibition, things that I never knew about the history of my country,” said Sara Zaafarany, a senior management student.
“The aim of our cultural exchange program is to educate the youth and provide them with first-hand experiences about the rich culture of different societies within the region and around the world. In this visit, our students gained valuable knowledge on how similarities in traditions and customs between Arab nations originated. I encourage our students, especially those coming from different cultural backgrounds, to discover the local heritage and learn about the Arab customs and traditions,” said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students.