The sura recounts the story of Prophet Dawud (pbuh) and his son Prophet Sulayman (pbuh). The name comes from verse 15 which cites Saba; a region in ancient Yemen. The Maʼrib dam was an indication of the technological advancement of the people. In 542 AD it was devastated by the flood of Arum as mentioned here. The sura ends with a vivid picture of how knowledge must be carefully pursued.