Welcome to Northern Saudi Arabia
Cutting through this are the remnants of the ill-fated Ottoman Hejaz Railway, with its lonely abandoned stations, rusting locomotives and distorted tracks recalling an equally important history for the country.
And then there are the awesomely isolated stretches of the Red Sea, where the desert seemingly walks into the sea, camels and all. How much of this landscape remains untouched is uncertain, with Saudi Arabia's grandiose plans for its coastlines. In that respect, time is running out.