Prince Sultan Bin Salman Al Saud sees certain commonalities between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Pittsburgh region. Both have long histories as epicenters of energy. Both have persevered through difficult times to experience better futures.
Now Prince Sultan, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is excited Pittsburghers will be able to learn even more about the rich culture and history of his home country through "Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."
"We think of Pittsburgh as a great place to bring a serious exhibit like this," says Prince Sultan, also the first Arab astronaut. "It's a very important audience for us."
Prince Sultan hopes the exhibit, showing at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, will help Americans see past any stereotypes or misconceptions they may have about Saudi Arabia.
"People see Saudi Arabia in the light of oil and, of course, camels and deserts. Yes, we have all three. I own camels. I go to the deserts, and oil is building our schools and building our nation," he says. "But also, we are a nation of history. We believe we cannot be a true player in the world, can't participate in human development without really knowing your history, where you came from.
"Northern Arabia, at a certain point of time, was literally controlling the economy, practically the whole world. …