Millenium Cities

Millennium Cities – A Virtual Journey from Palmyra to Mosul

Millennium Cities - A Virtual Journey from Palmyra to Mosul
Millennium Cities – A Virtual Journey from Palmyra to Mosul

Paris, France: A major exhibit organized at the Arab World Institute utilized modern digital techniques that give visitors a unique a virtual journey on some of the Arab world’s significant sights that have either been destroyed or is under threat. The exhibition runs between October 10, 2018, until February 10, 2019.

The resounding places of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo, and Leptis Magna represents not only as images of brilliant civilizations and mythical prehistoric heritage, as well as one of the numerous sites sacrificed and damaged by recent clashes and the madness of some extremists.

Created in a joint effort with the start-up Iconem, in collaboration with Ubisoft and UNESCO, the show’s exhibition puts together huge screen projections that provide the virtual reality experience, archived manuscripts and photos, and additional audiovisuals and statements from native populace.

The exhibit presents visitors on an adventure travel through time and space, delving into the magnificent past of these sites, until the recent past stained by devastation, and to a future with the possibility of rehabilitation allowing people to envision with a sense of hope.

The main point of the exhibit is to engage the civic society in the grandeur of the world heritage of these prime historical sites, and also to bring massive awareness regarding the stakes associated in safeguarding and ensuring this valuable and fragile wealth.



The 4 noteworthy locales significant of the Arab world highlighted in the exhibition:


Mosul, in Iraq, flaunts as the set of Nineveh’s ancient city with its Neo-Assyrian remnants, the burial spot of the prophet Jonah, its prehistoric city, and the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri with its inclined minaret: guests will have the chance to sightsee this ancient city recently taken back from the Islamic State.

The Pearl of the Desert, Syria’s Palmyra is a legendary Greco-Roman site that was as of late the casualty of significant devastation that stunned the whole world. By reproducing its remnants and displaying the excellent work project being carried out by field archeologists, the Arab World Institute is exhibiting how vital it is to preserve such ruins for humankind.

Aleppo, in Syria, is where Muslim empires from the Umayyads to the Ottomans succeeded each other, building structural jewels – the souks, Great Mosque, and its citadel enable guests to explore more than the archaeological site but rather an entire urban area of unrivaled heritage.

A remarkable location spot in Libya and the jewel of the Mediterranean in the third century CE, Leptis Magna is established by the Phoenicians and was referred to as the African Rome. The Arab World Institute offers a tour among the most outstanding structures of this tremendous spot.

The introduction of these sites brings to mind Middle East’s legacy, in its embodiment, multi-religious and multicultural, at the core of trades between 3 continents, and that it is part of the universal heritage of humankind. It is partly the goal of the Arab World Institute to stimulate that wealth and diversity, which to some, sees as a target.


During his trip to Paris, France, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Mohamed Dekkak, has recently attended the exhibit “Millennium Cities – A Virtual Journey from Palmyra to Mosul” to support the mission of the Arab World Institute in promoting cultural diversity and tolerance.




The Arab World Institute


The Arab World Institute was formed to be able to produce a solid and resilient cultural tie while promoting constructive dialogue amongst France, Europe, and the Arab World. A perfect place for the advancement of cultural projects, in cooperation with institutions, creators and thinkers from the Arab world.


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