PHOTOS: What Life Is Really Like In Saudi Arabia Today

Saudi Arabia is one of the most controversial countries on the planet. While Saudi Arabia is an ally to many across the globe, the country maintains its disturbing reputation for human rights violations, especially when it comes to the treatment of women and members of the LGBT community.

While Saudi Arabia may conjure images of vast desert landscapes and plentiful oil, there’s much more than meets the eye. Keep reading for fascinating facts and photos of one of the world’s most disputed countries.

There’s Enough Oil to Fill 4,700,000 Olympic Swimming Pools

It’s no mystery that Saudi Arabia is rich in oil, but just how much oil might surprise you. Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar oil field is the largest in the world. It’s so large that it contains enough to fill more than 4.7 million Olympic size swimming pools. Just one Olympic pool can hold 660,253 gallons of liquid, so if you do the math, it’s…a lot.

Dominique BERBAIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Dominique BERBAIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

On its own, the Ghawar oil field has an estimated 75 billion barrels of oil left. With so many countries dependent on fossil fuels, many countries want to keep Saudi Arabia as an ally.