National Geographic : 1987 Oct
Motorized nomads, the Bedouin bands near Riyadh may swap their camels for pickup trucks and battery powered TVs but prefer desert life to a house in town. Dwindling in numbers today, the hospitable, hardy nomads historicallyset the tone for much of Arabian life. Bedouin women veil their faces more strictly than city dwellers but enjoy greater freedom of dress and move ment. Besides managing the family tent, some have even taken to driving the tribe's water truck (facingpage). Driving is a privilegedenied women in the city.