“There’s gold in them thar hills!” (Maybe)

“There’s gold in them thar hills!” (Maybe)

BY Aramco ExPats / /

“Well, boys, this sure is some cripple creek.” —Levi Welty. Next year’s Hafla reunion, scheduled for September 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be held in the shadow of one of the American West’s most famous landmarks, Pikes Peak.

A Protective Pocket of Scarcity

A Protective Pocket of Scarcity

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Living above the midpoint of the world’s largest oil field is a selection of natural life that is, unfortunately, becoming increasingly rare. Saudi Arabia’s grand Ghawar oil field, discovered in 1948, lies quietly hidden in the east beneath the golden ad-Dahna desert sands...

Khobar, Going to Town: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

Khobar, Going to Town: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

In the old days, the only other pockets of “civilization” in the area besides Dhahran were the indigenous Saudi towns of Dammam and Al-Khobar, one hour and 15 minutes away, respectively, and the Aramco camps of Ras Tanura...

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - December 11, 2019

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - December 11, 2019

BY AramcoWorld / /

From the Babylonian clay tablet of 600 BCE to Katip Çelebi’s map of Japan drawn in 1732, geographers and cartographers of the Islamic world drew upon Greek, Babylonian, Syriac, Sassanian, Indian, Chinese, Turkic and European knowledge to produce a new, atlas-like genre of detailed maps of the world known to them.

Amjad Hussain Visit to SAEEA Karachi

Amjad Hussain Visit to SAEEA Karachi

BY Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan / /

Amjad Hussain, an ex-employee of the Saudi Aramco Training Department currently living in Lahore, Pakistan, recently visited Karachi and met with SAEEA (Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association) personnel.

The Saudi Adventure Begins: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

The Saudi Adventure Begins: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

By 1950 the horrors of World War II had largely receded, and America dominated the brave new, post-war world. The promising oilfields wildcatted just before the war by American geologists in the arid, menacing Arabian wastelands...

Seymours Tour Morocco

Seymours Tour Morocco

BY Aramco ExPats / /

For thirty-two years, beginning in 1980, Shirley Seymour served as a Senior Staff Nurse at the Abqaiq Health Center where she specialized in women and children's health care while she and her late husband, Cornell, raised their four children...

Bahrain Holiday 1938: Part 6 of Distant Arabia

Bahrain Holiday 1938: Part 6 of Distant Arabia

BY Tim Barger / /

Oil men from Dhahran travel to Bahrain for a weekend. They visit the suq, the vast artesian wells of the island and then assemble for a demonstration of Bahraini stick fighting. The agricultural workers were prohibited from owning weapons so much like the Japanese practitioners of Kendo...

Ithra Partners with Arab Thought Foundation to Host Fikr17

Ithra Partners with Arab Thought Foundation to Host Fikr17

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

Fikr17, a leading cultural conference in the Arab World, features 12 sessions under the theme “Toward New Arabic Thought,” with 80 speakers, as well as 36 sponsors and partners. The event, which runs through Thursday, is expected to draw more than 600 attendees from the around the region and beyond.

Standing on the Shoulders of our Pioneers

Standing on the Shoulders of our Pioneers

BY The Arabian Sun / /

The year was 1945 — the average cost of a new house in the United States was $4,600, the average annual salary was $2,400, and the World War II was in its final throes. This was the heyday of magazine publishing and LIFE magazine was renowned for the excellence of its photographic essays and the thoroughness of its writing.

Well Fire at Number 12: Part 5 of Distant Arabia

Well Fire at Number 12: Part 5 of Distant Arabia

BY Tim Barger / /

Well #12 was down to 4,725 feet and cemented in when on July 8, 1939 while preparing to perforate the casing, the perforating gun accidentally discharged setting off a conflagration that destroyed the rig and took the lives of five drillers - two American and three Saudis.

AramcoWorld - November 2019

AramcoWorld - November 2019

BY AramcoWorld / /

AramcoWorld, Saudi Aramco's flagship publication, is widely recognized as a leading source of nonpolitical coverage of the history, geography, arts and cultures of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and the wider Islamic world, with an emphasis on the interweavings of the plural cultures of East and West, past and present.

Abqaiq: The Friendly City Gazette - November 2019

Abqaiq: The Friendly City Gazette - November 2019

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

Abqaiq The Friendly City Gazette is a free monthly publication published by the Southern Area/Central Region Community Services Department for Saudi Aramco employees and dependents in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia.

Margaret Haskell Weds Benjamin Sokol

Margaret Haskell Weds Benjamin Sokol

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Margaret (Maggie) Haskell (DH 06) and Benjamin Sokol were married on September 29, 2019 at Lake Placid, New York. Maggie is the daughter of annuitants Terry and Sally Haskell (Dhahran). Also present were annuitants Steve, Linda, and Allison Hemler.

Aramco 'Hikers' Convene in the Pacific Northwest

Aramco 'Hikers' Convene in the Pacific Northwest

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Pacific Northwest is known for its beautiful coastal scenery, snow-capped mountain peaks, moderate climate and endless miles of greenway trails that beckon nature explorers from all corners of the globe. Recently, a group of Aramco annuitants and friends...