For other types of veils used in the past in the middle east,
this is an interesting link with lots of pictures:
Exploring in an oriental carpet shop. Everyone is eager to sell us carpets. We disappointed them for now, choosing only to admire the beautiful silk carpets that can cost over $1000.
Dira Square is full of families camping out next to the fountains to take advantage of the breeze blowing through the water. The children have an even better method of keeping cool - they run right into the fountains and emerge soaking wet.
While most of Riyadh seems composed of structures massive and modern, the old Riyadh shows through from time to time. Walking just a bit beyond the markets gives us a glimpse of old abandoned buildings, their mud walls crumbling. Rather than do anything with them, people have just seemed to build new things around them.