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saudiaramcoworld.com

November/December 2014

Published Bimonthly Vol. 65, No. 6

Saudi Aramco, the energy company born as an inter-

national enterprise more than 80 years ago, distrib-

utes

Saudi Aramco World

to increase cross-cultural

understanding. The magazine’s goal is to broaden

knowledge of the cultures, history and geography of

the Arab and Muslim worlds and their connections

with the West.

Saudi Aramco World

is distributed

without charge, upon request, to a limited number of

interested readers.

Back Cover

Along the new Neolithic

Heritage Trail south of Wadi

Faynan, Jordan, hikers and

drivers can connect four top

archeological sites and Petra.

Along the way, the wind-

sculpted narrows called Siq’

al-Ba’ja is a highlight. Photo by

George Azar.

The “moon-watching tower” of a

wooden mosque in Xunhau, China,

rises between the town and the

mountains. Though not built as

a minaret for calling prayers, this

pagoda-like tower is, today, outfitted

with loudspeakers. Photo by

Jonathan Bloom.

Jordan, Long Before Petra

Written by Gail Simmons

Photography by George Azar

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In a part of Jordan long defined by 2400-year-old Petra, archeology at

12,000-year-old Wadi Faynan is turning up new evidence of the region’s

pivotal role in the agricultural revolution.

Record-breaking Record-breaking

Written by Gerald Zarr

From this Largest Carpet of Flowers, laid out in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, to 254,537 national-anthem

singers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, more world records than ever are being set from the Arabian

Peninsula to South Asia.

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PHOTO CREDITS: 10: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS; 26: BRITISH

LIBRARY / BRIDGEMAN IMAGES (DETAIL)

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