Tales of the Bedouin – Part XIV: The Lost City of Wabar

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XIV: The Lost City of Wabar

BY Mark Lowey / /

Atlantis of the Sands? A lost city? A meteorite impact site? For years, the mystery of Wabar fascinated a young associate professor of geology at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. This is the story of his travels to the site – in Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter...

Khalid K. Al Mulhim Appointed Executive Director of Corporate Affairs

Khalid K. Al Mulhim Appointed Executive Director of Corporate Affairs

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Khalid K. Al-Mulhim has been appointed as executive director of Corporate Affairs, effective August 1, 2021. He had previously been serving in the role in an acting capacity from April 2021. In his role he directs and administers all of the company’s interactions with government and non-government agencies.

"Dear Folks": Chapter 16

"Dear Folks": Chapter 16

BY Ken Slavin / /

The second half of 1954 is a time of great change for the Webster family as younger daughter Susan leaves Dhahran at the tender age of 13 to attend boarding school in Switzerland. With older daughter Judy still at the American Community School in Beirut, it is Ken and Mildred’s first taste of “empty nest syndrome” and they have decidedly mixed feelings about it.

Jebel Heights Facilities Open to Community

Jebel Heights Facilities Open to Community

BY The Arabian Sun / /

In pursuit of improving the quality of life for Aramco employees and their families, new facilities have been recently introduced to the Dhahran community located in Jebel Heights. The newly opened facilities were inaugurated by the senior vice president of HR & Corporate Services, Nabeel A. Al-Jama’ and the then executive director of Community Services, Faisal A. Al Hajji on July 29, 2021.

Aramco Clarification on Bitcoin

Aramco Clarification on Bitcoin

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

With reference to recent reports claiming that the Company will embark on Bitcoin mining activities, Aramco confirms that these claims are completely false and inaccurate.

Saudi Aramco Journal of Technology – Spring 2021

Saudi Aramco Journal of Technology – Spring 2021

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

The Saudi Aramco Journal of Technology is published quarterly by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to provide the company’s scientific and engineering communities a forum for the exchange of ideas through the presentation of technical information aimed at advancing knowledge in the hydrocarbon industry.

For the Love of Food: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

For the Love of Food: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

Hoarding groceries was a way of life for some in Dhahran. But Sharon took hoarding to the next level. Rob and Sharon spent more than twenty-five years in Dhahran. Sharon's lifetime favorite food is Mexican. She could eat it three meals a day, every day. She bought refried beans by the case, just to be sure.

Dhahran Community, Serving Residents for More Than 80 Years

Dhahran Community, Serving Residents for More Than 80 Years

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Living “on camp,” as locals put it, is a rewarding and memorable experience. From backyard BBQs and early morning swims to games of tennis and tee times on the golf course, anyone who has lived in an Aramco community shares an extraordinary bond that comes from working and socializing together.

Hussain M. Al Haleimi Retires After 43 Years

Hussain M. Al Haleimi Retires After 43 Years

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Hussain M. Al Haleimi will be retiring from Aramco after more than 44 years with the company. His most recent position has been manager of Gas Drilling & Workover Operations. Al Haleimi joined the company in 1977 as a trainee in the Industrial Training Center in al-Hasa.

Chandresh Verma Retires After More Than 15 Years with Aramco

Chandresh Verma Retires After More Than 15 Years with Aramco

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Chandresh Verma, a drilling engineering specialist in the Workover Engineering Department, after more than 15 years of service in Aramco, will see his last working day with the company on July 31. Verma joined Aramco in 2006 in Drilling & Workover (D&WO), with 22 years of prior experience in onshore and offshore oil field operations, engineering, and contract.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 21, 2021

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 21, 2021

BY AramcoWorld / /

The scene of a hero chasing an ostrich comes to life like a movie still when a 3-centimeter cylinder of chalcedony carved in Mesopotamia more than 3,000 years ago is rolled over a strip of clay.

Arabian Dowry Chests

Arabian Dowry Chests

BY Brid Beeler / /

I remember my mother telling me that when she got married in 1960 her family paid a dowry of a thousand pounds to my father for her hand in marriage. That was a lot of money back then. Dowries are found in many other societies and cultures in the world. It is common throughout the Middle East where the groom provides the dowry to the family of the bride...

Poems of Arabia by Elise Kellett: Part IV

Poems of Arabia by Elise Kellett: Part IV

BY Elise Kellett / /

This small collection of verses was written as a poetic diary of my thoughts and impressions, influenced by my life and travel within Saudi Arabia during the past eight years (circa 1980s), intending, hopefully, for them to be handed on to my three granddaughters - Emma Louise, Sarah Jane and Lisa Maria - in the fullness of time.

"Dear Folks": Chapter 15

"Dear Folks": Chapter 15

BY Ken Slavin / /

Newly crowned King Saud arrives in Dhahran for an extended stay during the first week of January 1954, followed by a long hunting trip throughout the Kingdom. Dhahran District Manager Ken Webster reports on His Majesty’s visit in detail and continues his regular family correspondence describing daily Aramco operations and newsworthy developments.

Watch Internationally Acclaimed Pakistani Short Film, This Bank of the River

Watch Internationally Acclaimed Pakistani Short Film, This Bank of the River

BY Aramco ExPats / /

On June 18th at The Colony, Lahore's leading performing arts center and creative hub, Engr. Syed Naushad Yousaf Shah and his wife attended the premiere screening of the internationally acclaimed Pakistani short movie, Darya Kay Iss Paar - This Bank of the River. The film was made by a dear friend of Syed's, both alumni of the University of Engineering & Technology, UET, Lahore.

Grass Gatherers Above Pokhara, Nepal

Grass Gatherers Above Pokhara, Nepal

BY Mark Lowey / /

In September 1979, Mark Lowey completed a nearly two-year stint working in the oil fields of the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia. Together with a colleague, he traveled to Kathmandu and then Pokhara, the gateway to the Himalayas’ Annapurna region in cemtral Nepal.

The Blessed Holiday of ‘Id al-Adha

The Blessed Holiday of ‘Id al-Adha

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Dear colleagues, The blessed holiday of ‘Id al-Adha next week comes at a time of cautious optimism for all of us. On the positive side, COVID-19 vaccines are proving effective and there are hopeful signs that a global recovery is underway.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 7, 2021

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 7, 2021

BY AramcoWorld / /

For the people of Paris, May 1709 was a time of anger. Inflation was running out of control, driving up the price of wheat daily. Louis XIV, who had been king of France for more than 65 years, ruled with absolute authority, yet his regime was starting to unravel.

Remembering the Domestic Help of Aramco

Remembering the Domestic Help of Aramco

BY Anushka Bose / /

As any resident or passerby of the cities of Aramco knows, the cities of Dhahran, Ras Tanura, Abqaiq and Udailyah are extremely clean and well maintained. And that reality wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of the domestic workers that spend hours working in the hot, Arabian sun.