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'The Passion' soars beyond $200 million in second weekend to remain top film

...stars Mortensen as an Old West cowboy who becomes the first Westerner invited to compete in a horse race across the Arabian desert. "Starsky & Hutch" distributor Warner Bros. and "Hidalgo" studio Disney were happy to finish a distant second...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/08/mov_408098.shtml
Movies
At the Movies: 'Hidalgo'

...A famed long-distance rider, Hopkins competed with his mustang, Hidalgo, in a 3,000-mile race across the Arabian desert in 1890. And he was the unexpected winner, even though he was the first American to take part in the event, known...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/05/mov_407822.shtml
Movies
Spidey, Harry and Shrek lead familiar pack of Hollywood films

...Blair. (April) HIDALGO: An ex-cowboy (Viggo Mortensen) becomes the first American in a horse race across the Arabian Desert. (March) HOME ON THE RANGE: Disney's animated musical features the voices of Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/26/mov_402391.shtml
Movies
Relatives of gulf war veterans fight same battle against illness

...clean bill of health. She is one of a number of people who feel this way, people who never set foot in the Saudi Arabian desert but who say they suffer from gulf war illnesses. Several 1148th reservists and their families say ailments have been...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/09/18/met_353209.shtml
Metro
Ailing vets point to forced vaccinations

...a couple of doctors and two medics arrived unannounced at the 1148th Transportation Company's camp in the Saudi Arabian desert, not far from the Kuwaiti border. One of them wore a cowboy hat and boots. They told the company commander to line...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/09/16/met_352900.shtml
Metro
Explorer says he's found biblical Mount Sinai

...Scenes from the life of Bob Cornuke: Egyptian hieroglyphics of cattle on stone slabs oddly out of place in the Arabian desert. Soldiers with guns. The granite top of a security-fenced mountain blackened by flames. Millennium-old local...

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Woods' luxury Dubai course 'on track'

...goes according to plan, he'll soon be sporting his biggest trophy yet: a luxury golf course in the sands of the Arabian desert. The ambitious project, touted as the first course in the world designed by the 14-time major winner, remains...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/08/26/gol_470837.shtml
Golf
Dubai scrambles to keep up with sport's rising popularity

...clubs to scramble for playing time on weekdays. Though it may seem an unlikely location -- Dubai is located in the Arabian desert where grass isn't indigenous and temperatures soar above 100 degrees in the summer -- the fast-growing city is...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/02/24/gol_188551.shtml
Golf
New novels feature a Hawk, a Pigeon and two jailbirds

...U.S. and British counterterrorism forces try to prevent an agent from reaching an al-Qaida camp in the Saudi Arabian desert and carrying out plans for a major attack in Gerald Seymour's "The Unknown Soldier" (Overlook). And being an...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/03/27/art_448512.shtml
Arts
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...Middle East in the story of an American cowboy and his mustang competing in a 3,000-mile horse race across the Arabian desert. A mixed bag of action and cross-cultural conflict, this modest box-office draw comes to DVD with scant extras...

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