Winter 1998, Volume 14, Number 4


Contents





Hail, Saudi Arabia's Historic Oasis
The ancient city of Hail, situated at a historic crossroads for pilgrim traffic to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah as well as commercial caravans, has been transformed into a modern urban center of industry, commerce and agriculture.




The Meaning of Arabic Names
A collection of the most-often used Arabic names, with their unique and beautiful meanings.




Saudi Arabia's Thriving Commercial Sector
The private commercial sector has undergone tremendous growth in recent decades, offering a variety of Saudi Arabian and imported goods to the public at modern malls and traditional souqs (markets), while helping to export the growing volume of Saudi manufactured products.




Houses of Hair
The traditional Bedouin tent is a symbol of a largely bygone era in modern Saudi Arabia, yet it continues to hold a special place in a society where tradition and heritage are treasured.




Saudi Arabian Slam Dunk
A long-term program by the General Presidency of Youth Welfare (GPYW) to make sports more available to young Saudis has resulted in the rising popularity of basketball in the Kingdom.




Recipes
Traditional Saudi Recipes


COVER
One of Hail's many historic structures, most of which have recently been restored and preserved



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