Munirah al-Sinani, a Saudi woman in her seventies, spent more than 40 years collecting the rare artefacts that she is exhibiting in her home museum, in the Rabieh neighborhood of Dhahran in eastern Saudi Arabia. The museum, with its many pieces representing the essence of the authentic Saudi heritage, draws visitors of various nationalities.
In Sinani’s home, a manuscript written more than 250 years ago is placed near a collection of ancient incense burners and coffee pots. Close by are 150 antique handmade bags hung on the wall, 100-year-old eyeglasses and various other antiques exhibited all over her house. In the house’s yard, one finds a pathway that leads to the detached museum adjacent to the house.
The items displayed in every corner of the museum represent a Saudi Arabian region, its costumes, cultural artefacts and architecture.
Sinani is a passionate antique collector and says that this passion stems from her desire to preserve and introduce it to young Saudis and the local and foreign visitors interested in seeing the tools and clothes worn by the Saudis’ ancestors.
She also organizes fashion shows that exhibit clothes that were worn over a century and a half ago. These include more than four fashion shows in Aramco Dhahran and several charity events.
Sinani participated in a cultural exchange event organized in the Netherlands in 2003 and participated in exhibitions in Austria, Singapore and Norway. She also participated, along with other teams from Saudi Arabia, in an exhibition in Azerbaijan and another in Spain, as well as taking part in an array of local and international events aimed at highlighting the aesthetics of the Saudi heritage.