The kingdom of Saudi Arabia takes up most of the Arabian Peninsula, its borders lining the Red Sea to the west and the Persian Gulf to the East.
Saudi Arabia is the capitol of the Muslim world, with over two million people per year visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina during their Hajj, the traditional pilgrimage that all Muslim adults must make in their lifetimes. It is the Hajj that calls most non-Saudis to Saudi Arabia_s sweeping deserts and dramatic terrain. The strict adherence to Islam in all aspects of public life isnt an ideal draw for Western-style tourism. The non-Muslims that do enter the country are most likely connected to Saudi Arabia_s other claim to fame, its prolific oil supply. Saudi Arabia is home to nearly 25% of the world_s petroleum reserves, and the oil industry accounts for the bulk of the country_s revenue. Aside from the heavily guarded compounds where Westerners affiliated with the oil biz are contained, alcohol is totally prohibited, and men and women live largely separate, highly regulated lives.