Poll about Nattional Geographic cover story about Saudi Arabia for those in the know

I read this months Nat. Geo. story about Saudi Arabia and was intrigued but a bit underwhelmed. So I’m wondering what some of you fellow Dopers thought about it, either posters who live/work there (Paul in Saudi, Testy, etc.) or anyone who has good knowledge on the subject. I’m pretty satisfied with the historical aspects of the article so I guess I’m really asking for a cultural analysis. What was stongly or weakly presented?

Many thanks, lonelocust.