A new Omnimax show, "Arabia: In search of the Golden Ages", now on at the Hong Kong Space Museum, will transport viewers to a strange and mysterious place - the Arabian peninsula - a place which lies at the heart of history.
Saudi Arabia is the largest country (in terms of area) on the Arabian Peninsula, and the world's largest country without rivers and streams. This parched land, however, is the world's number one exporter of petroleum. One fourth of the world's oil reserves are found in Saudi Arabia.
Charles Doughty, a British explorer in the nineteenth century, found the abandoned city of Madain Saleh, where 130 tombs were carved into the sandstone cliffs by the Nabataeans. Today, a re-creation of this time and place is featured in "Arabia: In search of the Golden Ages".
The audience will follow a Nabataean frankincense caravan, moving through Madain Saleh on its way north to Petra and the Mediterranean Sea around the first century.
The Ka'ba, a holy place of Islam, is situated at the centre of the Grand Mosque in Makkah (Mecca). The Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every Muslim is obliged to travel to the Grand Mosque at least once in their lifetime. Meanwhile, pilgrims of the Hajj gather on Mount Arafat. During the show, the audience get a glimpse of the spectacular scene at the Hajj.
The audience will also meet the new generation of Arabians and learn how they are forging new paths in a time of historic transformation.
Running until April 30, 2011, the 47-minute "Arabia: In search of the Golden Ages" will be screened at 1.30pm, 5pm and 8.30pm daily at the museum's Stanley Ho Space Theatre. The museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Tickets are available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets for $24（front stalls）and $32 (stalls). Full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities will receive a half-price concession.
The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For further information, call 2721 0226 or visit the website at http://hk.space.museum.
Ends/Monday, November 15, 2010
A Nabataean frankincense caravan moves through Madain Saleh on its way north to Petra and the Mediterranean Sea, just as it might have looked in the first century.
A spectacular scene as thousands of Muslim gather together for the Hajj at the Ka'ba, the holiest place of Islam, located at the centre of the Grand Mosque in Makkah (Mecca).