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.

Arab Chests from Bill and Mary Eddy

Arab Chests from Bill and Mary Eddy

BY Julia Garvin Costello / /

When my grandparents Mary Garvin and William A. (Bill) Eddy were living in Jidda, Saudi Arabia (1943-1947), they acquired several wooden chests decorated with brass sheeting and studs. Produced in India for hundreds of years, these containers were popular with Arab traders around the Indian Ocean and as far east as China.

Memory Lane: Big Production, Big Increments, Big Projects Through the Decades

Memory Lane: Big Production, Big Increments, Big Projects Through the Decades

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Here are some interesting headlines over the past 70 years. Crude oil production and refinery runs in Saudi Arabia last year established new all-time highs, F.A. Davies, chairman of Aramco, revealed. In a report of operations for 1951 to the royal Saudi government, the Aramco chairman said developments last year "continued to advance Saudi Arabia in importance in the international petroleum trade.”

Aramco Recognized For Efforts Promoting Cost Engineering

Aramco Recognized For Efforts Promoting Cost Engineering

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco is honored once again to receive the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International Industry Appreciation Award for 2022. Aramco’s resilience and agility has built one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemicals companies. Saudi Aramco is part of the global effort toward building a low carbon economy.

To Coal or Not To Coal - That is the Question for Pakistan

To Coal or Not To Coal - That is the Question for Pakistan

BY Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan / /

Coal remains the largest and one of the cheapest energy sources in the world today. It fulfills 40% of the world’s energy requirement, generating 2 million MW of electricity. It is the majory energy provider for most of the industrial nations of the world, with the US generating 30% (232,772 MW) of its electricity through coal, China 68% (1,046,893 MW) and India 73.5% (233,077 MW).

Remembering the Joy of Comfort Foods

Remembering the Joy of Comfort Foods

BY Anushka Bose / /

While the visits back to Dhahran during my school breaks were temporary, the joy of comfort foods I enjoyed at the local spots in Dhahran was permanent — never could I forget the taste of my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala from Olive Garden-Tandoori House, and I still, to this day, seek that same taste whenever I order the dish at different restaurants.

Going the Course: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Going the Course: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

Golf was the love of many Americans and it was no surprise to find that in Dhahran as well as some of the other larger Aramco communities, this sport had been catered for in some rudimentary fashion since the early days. Over the decades, the standard of the courses had gradually improved and areas of hitherto barren sand had undergone a remarkable degree of landscaping…… they were however still sand.

Aramcon Travel: Harrat Khaybar – The Volcanic Fields Near Madinah

Aramcon Travel: Harrat Khaybar – The Volcanic Fields Near Madinah

BY The Arabian Sun / /

I first learned of Harrat Khaybar after reading a report about the discovery of Mustatil’s in the northwest region of Saudi Arabia. Harrat Khaybar, literally the “volcanic fields of Khaybar” (and named so because of its vicinity to the city of Khaybar), is a volcanic field located about 150 km from the Holy City of Madinah.

Memory Lane: From 'Dust Rag' to The Sun, First Trips to Al-Ula, and More

Memory Lane: From 'Dust Rag' to The Sun, First Trips to Al-Ula, and More

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Here are some headlines from the past eight decades of The Arabian Sun (and its predecessor, The Dust Rag.) From the aspirations cast upon us because of the title "Dust Rag." Perhaps we were too hasty in naming our paper. What do you think? Shall we change the name? Please give us your honest criticism and suggest a title you feel should be used.

More Decorative Hardhats

More Decorative Hardhats

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Back in 2017, we ran a series of articles featuring decorative hardhats that some Aramcons have been fortunate to count among their possessions. Recently, we received additional photographs from someone who obtained the hardhat in a storage auction purchase.

AramcoWorld - July 2022

AramcoWorld - July 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 - July 06, 2022

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 06, 2022

BY AramcoWorld / /

For more than eight hours, we navigated the Sekonyer River in a wooden boat, cruising through Tanjung Puting National Park in the Central Kalimantan region of Borneo, Indonesia. After docking, we walked about an hour in the lush rainforest. Then, our tour guide and ranger, Adut, placed corn and yams on top of a wooden table.

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XX: Journey to Meet The Son of Bathan – Part 3

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XX: Journey to Meet The Son of Bathan – Part 3

BY Mark Lowey / /

In this piece, Mark Lowey, known as “Abu Jack” (father of Jack) to his Saudi friends, is escorted deep into the Rub Al Khali (the Empty Quarter) to meet, for the first time, the son of an old acquaintance. Before first light there was a slight chill in the air, and the men gathered around the cooking fire. Coffee and tea were served, and conversation ensued. Inevitably the discussion turned to the herd.

Aramcon Tim Hansen Rolls Into Retirement by Pedaling Across America

Aramcon Tim Hansen Rolls Into Retirement by Pedaling Across America

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Longtime Aramcon Tim Hansen has rolled into retirement with gusto, having recently completed a bike trip across America from California to Florida. The 3,100-mile trip took 52 days to complete, with 45 days of actual biking. It started in San Diego, California, on the West Coast, and ended in St. Augustine, Florida, on the East Coast.

Aramco Expands Namaat Industrial Investment Programs

Aramco Expands Namaat Industrial Investment Programs

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Today (July 5), Aramco announced a major expansion of its Namaat industrial investment programs, with 55 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) across the sustainability, digital, industrial, manufacturing, and social innovation sectors.