Indeed it is a different culture ... one where the citizens gather in large numbers in city squares to watch the The Saudi's live a brutal, tribalistic, misogynistic existence ... and the world sucks up to them for their oil.
There is no doubt that there are aspects of extremist ideology that those of us in the west find revolting. The thing is though that if you talk with ex-pats who have lived in SA, the UAE or other ME countries then you will get a different story.
You won't find people pooping in the streets. You can leave your $3K bike in front of your office and it will be there when you come back. The are no residents with unsafe drinking water, living in the streets or unable to afford an education.
The culture is different. There are many overseas though who would say that we are the ones that have the human rights problem!