Hard to believe it now anymore but there was a time in Hollywood when portraying Arabs and their culture was actually cooler than sunglasses and this was from that time. Basically, Hollywood assumes that Americans don't know crap about Arab culture and so they throw everything Arab sounding at 'em in one gumbo of half baked ideas. Dress it up in fancy costumes, do it in technicolor, throw a score on it with loads of Arab soundalike musicalities, and boom, foreign intrigue in a bottle. Romance. Action. Or a reasonable facsimile anyway. Not terrible, but not too good either.