Arabia takes viewers deep into the heart of an extraordinary country for a surprising look at the history, culture and religion of the Arabian Peninsula. Steeped in ancient history and unique customs not found anywhere else in the world, Arabia mystifies us, shimmering like a desert mirage. Home to camel races, legendary Bedouin hospitality, the birth of the Muslim faith, and Meccah, the holiest city on Earth, Arabia and its people have flourished for thousands of years in one of the harshest environments on the planet. Yet the West knows little about its fascinating culture, which has remained hidden for far too long. Narrated by Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren, Arabia offers a deeper understanding of this mysterious culture and way of life that remains largely hidden from our view.

Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films

Narrated by Helen Mirren

Release date: 2010

Runtime: 39 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm, 3D

For Educators

The Educator Guide includes lesson plans and hands-on activities for grades 4-8.  All activities developed for this guide support National Education Standards for Science, Geography, Math and English.

Honors and Reviews
  • Best Original Score, Best Sound Design and Best Marketing Campaign of the Year by a Distributor – 2010 Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards

“Dazzling…. Arabia delivers the quintessential IMAX trip…a rare peak into a nation that remains largely behind closed doors…”
– Boston Globe

“IMAX spectacle paints the country’s history in breathtaking strokes…The picture is absolutely breathtaking in every scene…”
– Concord Monitor

“A fascinating film… It offers more hope than other media portrayals for encounters between people of different cultures and faith.”
– Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The photography speak[s] for itself… Even when spread across the Omnitheater’s nine-story-tall screen, the sheer mass of humanity is awe-inspiring.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune

Arabia will expand your view of the Middle East’s largest nation and its 28 million citizens.
– Metro West Daily News (Boston)

Arabia traces the fascinating history and modern-day life of this surprisingly beautiful Middle Eastern country. Unlike popular Hollywood films that continually vilify Arabs as religious extremists or terrorists, Arabia takes a refreshingly positive look at contemporary Arabian people.”
– BigMovieZone.com

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