The Arabian bowman is a cheap alternative to the archer. They are roughly identical in statistics and therefore only differ in terms of recruitment. This unit is worth picking up in droves, if the player does not produce bows. The Arabian bowman is the cheapest long-range unit in the game, not counting equipment value.
Being a light unit, the Arabian bowman is outclassed by the ranger and the crossbowman, who have superior health and firepower. A suitable number of them can however combat groups of units and dispose of them with enough time.