Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 1

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 1

BY Richard Thom / /

The game of Rugby Football has been played in Saudi Arabia since 1970 when some enthusiastic players of the Airworks company met to throw a rugby ball around amongst themselves. This official version is an amalgam of the prefaces for the 1978 Gulf Rugby Union Chairman’s Invitational and the 1979 Thailand Tour and has been updated with some statistics. 

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Greece - Part X

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Greece - Part X

BY Ian Conlin / /

We drive up to the Greek border crossing and show the customs people our international insurance and our European passports, as I have transformed myself from Canadian to British. These documents are received well and there is no hassle and no problem, making this the easiest crossing so far.

The Industrial Training Center in Full Swing - 1956

The Industrial Training Center in Full Swing - 1956

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Featured in the Nov. 28 edition of the Sun and Flare: The Industrial Training Center, opened in July of 1955 as a part of the Dhahran Training Department, provides training for approximately 1,390 Saudi employee-trainees on both an assigned and a volunteer basis.

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XXIV: The Remarkable Life of Bdah Al Hajri – Part 4

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XXIV: The Remarkable Life of Bdah Al Hajri – Part 4

BY Mark Lowey / /

In this series, Mark Lowey, known as “Abu Jack” (Father of Jack) to his Saudi friends, tells the story of Bdah Al Hajri, whom he first encountered in the desert as an infant in 1979. Reunited in 2013, Abu Jack and Bdah have become close friends. From the age of seven to seventeen, Bdah attended Salasil school (1986 to 1997). Up to age 14, Bdah and his family lived in the desert north of Fardaniyah.

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Sights of Istanbul - Part IX

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Sights of Istanbul - Part IX

BY Ian Conlin / /

The next day was declared to be a definite “no driving day” and the Discovery Land Rover keys are stashed away. Breakfast was grabbed at the hotel before walking to the ‘Misir Carsis’ or Egyptian Bazaar, a busy and exciting place even in the rain. It is packed with all sorts of folks in many different dress codes and skin tones all yelling and pulling and pointing at the stuff packed into the bazaar.

Aramco Signs 59 New Agreements Under The Iktva Program

Aramco Signs 59 New Agreements Under The Iktva Program

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco today (Tuesday, Nov. 22) signed 59 corporate procurement agreements (CPAs) with 51 local and global manufacturers, with potential to create 5,000 new jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the next decade. The agreements, valued at $11 billion, are expected to reinforce Aramco’s robust supply chain and result in the development of materials manufacturing facilities in the Kingdom. 

Pilot Completes Survey of Hofuf - 1961

Pilot Completes Survey of Hofuf - 1961

BY The Arabian Sun / /

From the Dec. 22, 1961, edition of the Sun and Flare. Gerhard Winkelmann, pilot of a Dornier DO-27 moonplane arrived at Dhahran Airfield from Frankfurt, Germany, this past week. Winkelman flew to Saudi Arabia to make an aerial survey of the Hofuf agricultural area for the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture.

Downstream Celebrates Technology and Digital Excellence

Downstream Celebrates Technology and Digital Excellence

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco recognized some of its top innovators in the Downstream business line during the Annual Downstream Technology & Digital Excellence Awards. The Nov. 7 ceremony, held at the Plaza Conference Center in Dhahran, recognized talented individuals who are creating value through digitalization and technology initiatives that support the ongoing transformation of the Downstream business.

CAMX: Nonmetallics Strategy Reaching Beyond Oil and Gas Sector

CAMX: Nonmetallics Strategy Reaching Beyond Oil and Gas Sector

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco’s exhibit presence at North America’s most comprehensive composites and advanced materials event, CAMX 2022, was an attention grabber for attendees interested in an energy company’s vision and strategy for the use of nonmetallics beyond the oil and gas sector. 

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - November 22, 2022

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - November 22, 2022

BY AramcoWorld / /

Not long ago, writing tablets from 1700 BCE were discovered in present-day Iraq, containing some of the oldest recipes known. This is how we came to know what the Babylonians ate for breakfast and what they offered their gods in the temples. They used date syrup to sweeten food, referring to it as honey, and enjoyed dates dried in a fermented beverage.

Congratulations Shameer Ahmed Khan

Congratulations Shameer Ahmed Khan

BY Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan / /

Shameer Ahmed Khan was awarded a souvenir as Director Delegate Affairs for attending the Fourth Edition of Our Model United Nations Conference. The conference was held at Regent Plaza Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan from 9-11, September 2022. Students from different schools and Institutions in Karachi participated in this conference.

The Nomads: Arabia’s Time Travelers

The Nomads: Arabia’s Time Travelers

BY Brid Beeler / /

In our modern high tech lives, with instant access to global news, email, and Google Maps, how often do we think about the nomads in our world who live as they did in earlier times, without any of these modern conveniences? Who are they? Where do they live?

Cyberattacks: ‘The Danger is Clear, Present, and Constant’

Cyberattacks: ‘The Danger is Clear, Present, and Constant’

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Cyber attackers could plunge the world into “complete chaos” with the energy industry a prime target for their focus, Aramco’s president and CEO, Amin Nasser, has warned. Nasser was in Riyadh addressing the two-day Global Cybersecurity Forum, a conference that drew together international government and business experts to explore the current and anticipated cybersecurity landscape.

Information Service Begins at Dhahran's Family Issue in 1955

Information Service Begins at Dhahran's Family Issue in 1955

BY The Arabian Sun / /

From the 1955 edition of the Sun and Flare: A shopping experiment was initiated in Dhahran's Family Issue store last week when Mrs. Bertha Robertson was temporarily hired as information clerk. The purpose of the roving information bureau, explained Bud Stewart, superintendent, food and retail service division, Dhahran, is to improve communications between the employees and the operators of the service.

Arabian Salukis Looking for New Homes

Arabian Salukis Looking for New Homes

BY Brid Beeler / /

Salukis in My Life is the title of a book written by Sir Terence Clark, who was the British ambassador in Iraq and Oman where he came to know and love salukis. Like him, I too have had salukis (four of them so far) and I could not imagine being without one of these elegant, aristocratic creatures in my life.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - November 09, 2022

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - November 09, 2022

BY AramcoWorld / /

Widely regarded as the most fragrant of roses, the Damascus rose bloomed first in Central Asia and came to the Levant and Anatolia via the Silk Roads. Today it is cultivated most intensively in Bulgaria’s Valley of Roses, where it thrives as both export and heritage.