Although desertlands dominate, Saudi Arabian vistas are surprisingly varied.
A lot of history has been written since some of the earliest bankers set up shop along the Tigris and Euphrates.
Usually, they were not very successful, but they were always bold.
With a king's ransom slung across the backs of camels, every caravaneer kept an eye peeled for marauders.
When a fresh wind blew through Arab literature, a dedicated man set out to chart its course.
Salt-water explorers are just getting to the bottom of the oceans' mysteries.