First in-Kingdom Manufactured Onshore Rig Spudded

First in-Kingdom Manufactured Onshore Rig Spudded

BY The Arabian Sun / /

The first onshore rig, manufactured in-Kingdom and delivered by Aramco’s joint venture (JV), the Arabian Rig Manufacturing Company (ARM), has been successfully commissioned and started operations on the first well in Manifa on July 5.

Paying Tribute to Max Steineke’s Drive to Help Discover Ghawar

Paying Tribute to Max Steineke’s Drive to Help Discover Ghawar

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Max Steineke was famously responsible for the injunction to “drill deeper” at Dammam Well-7, where the first commercially viable Saudi Arabian oil was discovered. The real jewel in Saudi Arabia, though, is Ghawar, the world’s largest mega-field. But what exactly was Steineke’s role in Ghawar?

The Inner Experience of a Relocation

The Inner Experience of a Relocation

BY Anushka Bose / /

One logistical aspect of life that the Aramco ExPat and the ExPat community at large is more than familiar with, for better or for worse—well mostly worse—is all the strenuous processes that come with moving. Packing up everything you have and moving across the country...

2022 Aramco Hafla Cruise - August 3, 2022 Update

2022 Aramco Hafla Cruise - August 3, 2022 Update

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Our cruise date is approaching quickly, and we will have a HAFLA Reunion Blast! Please remember that your final payment is due on August 8th. Please call Roland at (305) 248-4649. The good news is that starting this week, you no longer have to have a Covid test within 48 hours of boarding. To board, you will need your Covid vaccination card.

On Top of The World: Young Aramcons Scale New Heights in Africa

On Top of The World: Young Aramcons Scale New Heights in Africa

BY The Arabian Sun / /

A trio of intrepid young Aramcons have conquered Africa’s highest mountain and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. The volcanic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania stands at a jaw dropping 5,895 meters (19,341 feet).

Memory Lane: The Flying Camel Lands, KFUPM Comes of Age, and Vehicle Stickers Become A Thing

Memory Lane: The Flying Camel Lands, KFUPM Comes of Age, and Vehicle Stickers Become A Thing

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Here are some headlines from across the decades highlighting the company's progress through history. Somehow, even the breeze at the airport seemed to be waiting. Housewives, men off shift, customs workers, airport hands, children, and company representatives gathered in twos and threes, talking idly, laughing, but always looking toward the sky.

Aramco Strikes New Crude Oil Storage Deal in Japan

Aramco Strikes New Crude Oil Storage Deal in Japan

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco signed an agreement with ENEOS Corporation (ENEOS) in June for oil storage in ENEOS’ Kiire terminal, located in the southwestern part of Japan, as the two energy companies aim to enhance cooperation. The first crude oil shipment was carried out by Bahri’s very large crude carriers (VLCC) “SAHAM”, and the cargo finished discharging on June 20.

Aramco Agrees to Acquire Valvoline’s Global Products Business

Aramco Agrees to Acquire Valvoline’s Global Products Business

BY The Arabian Sun / /

“Valvoline’s brand strength and global recognition will continue to be developed and extended under Aramco’s stewardship,” Al-Qahtani said. “We are also very excited to have the outstanding people of VGP join the Aramco family as we continue to execute on our ambitious strategy.”

Creating a Buzz in the Kingdom

Creating a Buzz in the Kingdom

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Finding a purpose in life that speaks to one’s heart and soul can sometimes prove difficult. It can take time to find something that ignites your passion. This was certainly the case for Wael growing up in Al-Baha, a city in the southwestern part of Saudi Arabia. As a child, he daydreamed about his perfect future, but what that was exactly remained unclear.

The Arabian Jambiya - Art with a Cutting Edge

The Arabian Jambiya - Art with a Cutting Edge

BY Brid Beeler / /

I hate knives! In the cinema, whenever there is a scene with knives being flashed around, I get squeamish and must look away. I have no idea why I hate knives, but I find them truly scary. This makes it difficult to explain why I have a collection of jambiyas, the large, curved daggers of Arabia.

Kokals Bid Farewell to the Kingdom After Almost Three Decades

Kokals Bid Farewell to the Kingdom After Almost Three Decades

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Sunil and Sapna Kokal are retiring after almost three decades at Saudi Aramco. They arrived from the extreme cold in Calgary, Canada, to the extreme heat of Saudi Arabia in 1993. Kokal’s journey and career in the company has paralleled the establishment of research and development (R&D) culture in the company.

Geologist Responsible for Rare Jurassic Fossil Find

Geologist Responsible for Rare Jurassic Fossil Find

BY The Arabian Sun / /

An Aramco geologist and inventor’s rare Jurassic fossil find from when dinosaurs roamed the Earth has been featured in the Arabian Journal of Geosciences. Abdullah S. Al-Mojel discovered the first Jurassic rudist fossil in Saudi Arabia during his Ph.D. field study between 2014 to 2017. Rudists are a group of extinct box-, tube-, or ring-shaped marine heterodont bivalves.

Memory Lane: Pen Pals, National Geographic Films, Progress in Khurais and More

Memory Lane: Pen Pals, National Geographic Films, Progress in Khurais and More

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Here’s a few headlines looking back over the decades. Probably the most popular “pen pal” in Dhahran is Maha Kasim, who recently received 21 letters from children in the United States. The reason for this deluge of mail was an article “Life in an Aramco Town” by Maha as told to Stephanie Dinkins, published in the Junior Scholastic April 12 issue.

Aramco-sponsored Students Celebrate ‘Id al-Adha Worldwide

Aramco-sponsored Students Celebrate ‘Id al-Adha Worldwide

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Students sponsored through Aramco Training and Development (T&D) recently celebrated ‘Id around the world, with events for participants in the company’s Chapter 14 program sponsored on campuses in 16 countries.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 20, 2022

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 20, 2022

BY AramcoWorld / /

Kumbu Nije, 13, removes freshly harvested groundnuts—peanuts—from a basket. With 110 women members working 23 hectares, the Banjulunding Women's Garden is one of dozens of such collectives across the African continent's smallest country.

Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

BY Aramco ExPats / /

On June 15-21, 2022, a group of 28 Aramco retirees and friends embarked on a week-long whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. The trip was organized through Grand Canyon Whitewater out of Flagstaff, AZ, and it included 7 days and 6 nights on the beautiful Colorado River in northern Arizona.