RIYADH: Not like different firms that displayed the most recent expertise at Riyadh’s latest Made in Saudi exhibition, the Aloqailat Museum confirmed guests the historical past and origins of the nation’s trade.

The museum, which was established 22 years in the past in Qassim, took guests on a journey to the previous about Saudi tradition and the way buying and selling was completed.

“Aloqailat (buying and selling) is a industrial occupation that doesn’t belong to a tribe or a household,” Abdulatif Alwehibi, the museum’s proprietor and writer of the Aloqailat Encyclopedia, instructed Arab Information.

“They’re merchants who export camels and horses from Najd to all markets inside Arab nations. They go to commerce and are available again with issues they don’t have of their nations. Additionally they export invaluable spices and ship sheep, ghee, and weapons. Due to this, their fame unfold extensively, they usually made a reputation for themselves.”

This show of two males within the desert surrounded by camels tells the story of the shortage of safety previously, as there have been many thieves. (AN photograph by Rahaf Jambi)

The museum showcases the instruments and different objects that have been necessary for his or her enterprise similar to weapons, saddles, large pouches, ropes, every thing associated to camel care and commerce, and in addition how they used to guard themselves when it got here to journey.

On the expo, the museum had three life-sized camels in a desert setting and two characters telling the story of merchants.

“This show of two males within the desert surrounded by camels tells the story of the shortage of safety previously as there have been many thieves and plenty of looting operations. Within the show, you discover that there are males hiding behind the camel to guard themselves from thieves. The camels’ heads act as a radar, so in the event that they see any stranger, their conduct adjustments instantly as a warning to their house owners.”


The Made in Saudi expo showcased the merchandise of greater than 150 native firms and producers with workshops, lectures masking a spread of topics, and 1000’s of native merchandise.

Through the pilgrimage season, the Aloqailats, who participated in enterprise and commerce issues, equipped numerous horses and 500 camels for pilgrims to Madinah and Makkah after an official command from King Abdulaziz.

Zakaria Alwehibi, deputy supervisor of the museum, mentioned the king liked the Aloqailats and gathered them near him.

A 150 years previous Camel’s saddle in Aloqilat cellular museum in Saudi Made exhibition. (AN photograph by Rahaf Jambi)

“As an appreciation gesture from King Abdulaziz, he assigned Aloqailats in excessive positions. They based Riyadh Police, established the armed forces, and have been the primary ambassadors and ministers throughout the reign of King Abdulaziz.”

He talked a couple of dealer referred to as Sheikh Al-Fawzan, who is taken into account to be the rationale for the invention of petroleum within the Arabian Peninsula.

The story dates again to 1927, when he was Saudi Arabia’s first ambassador to Egypt. He was recognized for his love and keenness for breeding purebred Arabian horses and he was essentially the most well-known horse breeder in Egypt.

“Charles Crane, an American businessman who was a fan of Arabian horses, was hosted by Sheikh Al-Fawzan in Egypt at his secure. Crane requested about Fawzan’s horses and was then gifted a horse by him as a type of generosity.

Aloqilat’s rifles that date again to 100 years in Aloqilat cellular museum. (AN photograph by Rahaf Jambi)

“Crane despatched a message to Al-Fawzan along with his need to discover oil within the Kingdom. Then he obtained an invite from the minister of trade. I feel our contribution to the exhibition is necessary as a result of the historical past of Aloqailat is necessary to exist as folks love its historical past.”

The museum’s show on the Made in Saudi occasion included greater than 50 work highlighting the function of Aloqailats within the Kingdom’s industrial industries, manuscripts courting again greater than a century, and greater than 50 native and worldwide contributors to point out off the centuries-long historical past of Aloqailats.

Abdulatif invited folks to go to the unique museum in Qassim, saying it had a wealthy historical past that every one residents ought to find out about.

The Qassim museum, which has greater than 3,500 photographs, goals to protect the economic and industrial heritage of the Kingdom and to fuse historical past, heritage, and tradition.

The Made in Saudi expo showcased 1000’s of merchandise from greater than 150 native firms and producers. There have been additionally workshops and lectures masking a spread of topics.

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