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In 1933, while doing geological reconnaissance at Hofuf on the Persian Gulf side of Arabia, it became necessary to cross by land to Jeddah on the Red Sea. A special permission was required from Ibn Saud, King of Arabia. This has been granted only a very few times earlier to Europeans or Americans. Three days were spent at Riyadh, the capitol, in the central part of Arabia, as guest of the King and his Ministers.
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