A bird is seen flying on Arabian Gulf, where world’s largest oil exploration takes place on a huge number oil rigs offshore of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil and natural gas company, owns and operates the world’s largest “Safaniya” oil field, which was discovered in 1951 and has been producing oil since 1957. The field produces up to 1.5 million barrels of heavy crude oil per day.
Young men are seen playing on a sand dune near the town of Badr, about 1100km west of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia’s geography is dominated by the Arabian Desert and associated semi-desert and shrubland. It is,in fact, a number of linked deserts and includes the 647,500 km2 (250,001 sq mi) Rub’ al Khali (“Empty Quarter”) in the southern part of the country, the world’s largest contiguous sand desert.
Dubai Downtown is seen from 124th floor of Burj Al-Khalifa, the highest tower in the world. Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world, and the most expensive city in the Middle East.Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates that is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf.It has the largest population in the UAE (2,106,177) and the second-largest land territory by area (4,114 km2) after Abu Dhabi.
Petrochemical plants continue to run as sun sets down in al-Jubail Industrial City, about 500km east of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Proven oil reserves in Saudi Arabia are the second largest claimed in the world, estimated to be 267 billion barrels.These reserves were the largest in the world until Venezuela announced they had increased their proven reserves to 297 Gbbl in January 2011.The Saudi reserves are about one-fifth of the world’s total conventional oil reserves.