- Title: London hosts exhibition devoted to Saudi's late King Faisal
- Date: 23rd December 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CHAIRMAN OF KING FAISAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND ISLAMIC STUDIES, PRINCE TURKI BIN FAISAL, SAYING: "Today, after 100 years, most of the residents of the Arabian Peninsula live in the cities, Bedouin life has disappeared in the Arab Peninsula. This is a very important social and human development. With the erosion of Bedouin life, tribalism has been eroded. Inter-tribe marriage, for example, became normal. At the time (during Faisal's visit), it was rare for someone to marry from a different tribe. Now, this mixture is taking place and acceptable. Now, marriage is not just easy among the local tribes, but it is even acceptable within those who came to the Arabian Peninsula for work." EXHIBITION'S EXTERIOR / TRAFFIC BANNER HANGING SHOWING KING FAISAL WHEN HE WAS YOUNG
- Embargoed: 6th January 2020 16:03
- Keywords: "A Life at the Heart of the 20th Century" Britain Kind Faisal bin Abdulaziz Saudi Arabia UK
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA003BB73LUD
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- Story Text: A London exhibition is opening a window into the past of a remarkable journey to Britain by a young prince who later became one of Saudi Arabia's most influential monarchs.
"Faisal: A Life at the Heart of the 20th Century" exhibition is showing a collection of artefacts, photos, objects and personal belongings of late Saudi King Faisal bin Abdulaziz during his first visit to Britain in 1919.
The then 13-year-old prince was sent on a mission by his father, ruler of Najd Abdulaziz Al Saud at the time. Travelling outside Arabia for the first time in his life, Faisal was groomed to bolster his political career, decades before he became king of Saudi Arabia in 1964.
Marking 100 years since the months-long trip took place, the exhibition is divided into seven chapters, each representing a single stop of Faisal's memorable journey, including Najd, India, London, England, Wales and Ireland, among others.
It is organised by King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies and runs until January 10.
(Production: Will Russell, Noah Browning, Mai Shams El-Din)
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