AramcoWorld Reading Selections - May 25, 2022

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - May 25, 2022

BY AramcoWorld / /

As a rumbling furnace fires up, glowing orange at 1,500 degrees Celsius, Sadika Keskes blows through a long, thin metal pipe to gradually inflate a hot, heavy bubble of molten glass. Slight, spry and focused, she moves from the furnace flames to a nearby water-cooling basin and back to the furnace to continue shaping her glass creation.

Art of Arabia

Art of Arabia

BY Brid Beeler / /

For some years now, the contemporary arts scene in Saudi Arabia has been mushrooming. While Jeddah remains the Kingdom’s art capital, Al Ula has captured much of the spotlight following the recent Desert X installations by 15 Saudi and international artists. Al Ula is truly an amazing space for art, and the artists involved cannot help but take inspiration from the stark beauty of the surrounding plains and sandstone cliffs.

Memory Lane: Looking Back Across the Decades

Memory Lane: Looking Back Across the Decades

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Charles F. Rocheville, with 30 years of experience as a pilot, is setting up "shop" at the Dhahran airport to handle Aramco's air transportation. In 1916-17, he served as an instructor for the Royal Flying Corps in Toronto, Canada, and when America entered the War, he transferred to the U.S. Navy and was assigned to aviation. He served in both World War I and II.

New Research Facility Accelerates Future of Upstream R&D

New Research Facility Accelerates Future of Upstream R&D

BY The Arabian Sun / /

With its EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC), Aramco is creating game changing technologies and solutions that add immense value to operations. Recently, EXPEC ARC’s capabilities were taken to the next level with a newly constructed state-of-the-art building in Dhahran. The new facility is custom-fit to help EXPEC ARC become the preeminent center for Upstream R&D...

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.