Red sandstone statues dating back to 400-100BC sourced from the archaeology department of King Saud University. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

Explore the fascinating story of the Arabian peninsula from antiquity to modern times at the Roads of Arabia exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi. It features archaeological masterpieces and priceless Islamic art from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Staff photographer Ahmed Kutty takes a closer look at the exhibition that ends on February 16.

Ancient steles (vertical stone slabs) and a cube bearing religious scenes and laws dating back to 600-400BC. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
Ornaments and a dagger dating back to 1800-200BC. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
A collection of ancient scrapers and arrowheads. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
Part of a funerary bed decorated with a horse’s head. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
A bead necklace from the UAE dating back to 2500-2000BC. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
A globular jar with geometrical decoration. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
Sculpture of a face from the Lihtiyanite dynasty. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
A bronze sculpture of a lion’s head. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
Key to the Kaaba sanctuary at Makkah. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
A statue of a man dating back to 2500BC from the National Museum in Riyadh. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
An engraved and gilded wooden door to the Kaaba of Makkah’s Grand Mosque. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News