The Snack Bar: An Aramco Delicacy

The Snack Bar: An Aramco Delicacy

BY Anushka Bose / /

While growing up in Saudi, I distinctly remember one feature of the compounds that I have never encountered anywhere else: snack bars. No matter which compounds you were on: Dhahran, Abqaiq, Ras Tanura, or Udhailiyah, the snack bar was the stop in town to catch a tasty meal after swimming or an afterschool sport.

Welcome Aboard, My Dear Friends!

Welcome Aboard, My Dear Friends!

BY Aramco ExPats / /

These are the wishes my wife Amira and I hope to share with each of you in October when so many of our Aramco annuitant friends will board together for the upcoming Hafla Cruise.

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part V – Community Services

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part V – Community Services

BY Aramco ExPats / /

By the late 1970s, Ali Al-Baluchi had risen through Aramco’s Community Services to become Manager of the Food Distribution Department, where he was proud to employ one of the company’s first Saudi female employees. The following extract from Heart and Soul details how this opened a door to further training in the United States.

Flames, Smoke Engulf Saudi Shopping Mall

Flames, Smoke Engulf Saudi Shopping Mall

BY Arab News / /

A Saudi shopping mall was on fire Friday engulfed in smoke after a blaze broke out in the early hours of the morning. Plumes of smoke could be seen billowing from the Mall of Dhahran in Alkhobar — the largest commercial market in the Eastern Province — as emergency crews battled to contain the fire.

Happy 72nd Birthday to Brenda Neal

Happy 72nd Birthday to Brenda Neal

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Brenda Neal, Aramco 1979-1986, will celebrate her 72nd birthday on June 8th. Brenda lived in Dhahran with her family. She worked as a Resource Analyst in a Community Services Department. Her husband, Gary Neal, worked for Aramco as an Engineer. Gary passed away in 2016.

Victoria (Tori) Bahr and Xander Bahr Graduate

Victoria (Tori) Bahr and Xander Bahr Graduate

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Brian and Susan Bahr are pleased to announce the graduations of daughter Victoria (Tori) Bahr and son Xander Bahr. Both children were born in Saudi Arabia. Brian worked for Aramco from 1992 to 2009.

Troop 1 Scouting Program Girl Earns Eagle Rank

Troop 1 Scouting Program Girl Earns Eagle Rank

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Kayla Vivian Otoo, an 8th Grader with the Dhahran School and a member of the BSA Dhahran Troop One Scouting Program earned her Eagle Scouting Rank on 5/10/2022. Kayla Otoo joined the Scouting Program in the 6th Grade and has been working alongside other scouts for the past few years.

AramcoWorld - May 2022

AramcoWorld - May 2022

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.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - May 11, 2022

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - May 11, 2022

BY AramcoWorld / /

Some 50 countries exhibited in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Sustainability District, which centered on the slanted oval of Terra—the Sustainability Pavilion. Two other themed districts—Opportunity and Mobility—comprised three “petals” of the expo’s nearly five square kilometers. Along walkways leading to the district’s entry portals, designers inscribed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 by 193 countries of the United Nations.

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part IV – Opportunity

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part IV – Opportunity

BY Aramco ExPats / /

As Ali Al-Baluchi worked hard to establish his credentials within the Aramco workforce, opportunities to study overseas began to arrive. With his cordial personality and winning Saudi charm, Ali quickly formed friendships wherever he went, and even found himself representing the Kingdom in international student forums.

Memory Lane: From Muharraq to Makkah to The Stars Above

Memory Lane: From Muharraq to Makkah to The Stars Above

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Catching the daily flight to Bahrain, traveling to Makkah with the Oil Exhibit, hosting a pioneering astronaut, earning global recognition, and the appointment of three new senior vice presidents are highlighted in this week's look back.

Welcome Aboard! -- Passport, Please! -- Are you Insured?

Welcome Aboard! -- Passport, Please! -- Are you Insured?

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Please don't miss the boat. As our Hafla host writes to friends, "I hope that many of you who have not registered for the 2022 Hafla Cruise will do so early this week. It will be our first significant 'get-to-gather' in four years, and we do not want to forget our Aramco friends. We all lived, worked, and played together for many years.

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part III - At Work

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part III - At Work

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Ali Al-Baluchi was born in the Arabian Peninsula soon after the unification of the Saudi kingdom. Against the backdrop of a conservative society confronting a rapidly increasing pace of modernization, he has witnessed and participated in decades of great social and economic change.

Saudi Arabia Welcomes Its First-ever International Birdwatching Tour

Saudi Arabia Welcomes Its First-ever International Birdwatching Tour

BY The Arabian Sun / /

In early March, I had the pleasure of guiding the first-ever birdwatching tour of Saudi Arabia. The visit was organized by BirdTour Asia, one of the most preeminent companies catering to international birders in the region. Over the course of our six-day itinerary, the tour leaders, James Eaton and Rob Hutchinson, their British and American clients, and I recorded almost 170 species, 18 of which can only be found in Saudi Arabia or the wider region.

CEO Tours Company Facilities During Ramadan

CEO Tours Company Facilities During Ramadan

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Day in and day out, our people show their commitment to delivering energy that the world needs, and even during the holy month of Ramadan, when many of our employees are fasting, that commitment never wavers. This work is crucial, making Aramco one of the most reliable suppliers of energy to the world, and an engine to the Kingdom’s economy.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - April 27, 2022

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - April 27, 2022

BY AramcoWorld / /

This 25-centimeter alabaster disk, dating from the Akkadian period around 2300 BCE, shows what appears to be a temple ritual. Its principal figure is the woman second from left, who is identified on the reverse in Sumerian cuneiform characters that name her en hedu-anna, high priestess-ornament of heaven, wife of the god Nanna and daughter of the Akkadian King Sargon. It was found by English archeologist Sir Leonard Wooley in the mid-1920s.

Ramadan, Islam’s Moveable Feast

Ramadan, Islam’s Moveable Feast

BY Brid Beeler / /

The Holy month of Ramadan is the 9th month in the Hijri calendar.  Since the Islamic year is 11 days shorter than the western Gregorian calendar, Ramadan moves ‘forward’ by that amount each year in comparison to our western months, making Ramadan, quite literally, a moveable feast!