Arabian American Oil Company has totted up some impressive statistics over the years since production first began. But by any standards, 1972 was a good year.
Back in the early days in the Middle East, the ox cart and the chariot challenged the camel, but it was no contest. Can you guess why the camel won.
Back before World War I the Near East was a lot nearer than it is today. It included Greece, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia and most of it flew the same flag: the crescent of Islam.
In castle walls, old palaces and crumbling Eastern fortresses, a Western artist finds the hidden and delicate beauty of Saudi Arabian wood carving.
In the Fertile Crescent all rivers flow south. All, that is, except the historic Orontes, a small but stubborn stream which the Arabs call "al-'Assi." "the Rebel."