Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books - Making the Impossible Possible

Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books - Making the Impossible Possible

BY Aramco ExPats / /

A wonder-filled gathering place on the world-wide-web for bibliophiles interested in the history of the Middle East is the website of Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books. Readers may recognize the name, as Konstantinopel has been a loyal supporter of this website for some time.

Scenic Beauty on the Trail to Tabuk

Scenic Beauty on the Trail to Tabuk

BY The Arabian Sun / /

With a brief stopover in Riyadh, the Tabuk region can be reached easily by a domestic flight. The roads that lead to the coast are dotted with variegated mountain ranges, the colors of the desert evolving through myriad hues, from the rocks on the ground to the red toward the more defined mountain peaks — all of this providing a strong contrast to the blue sky.

Kangaroo Bikes

Kangaroo Bikes

BY Tim Barger / /

A couple of weeks ago I first saw this photograph of me standing with my two grandchildren. Bea is six and Theo is three. They are lively, bright, funny and, unlike most of society, actually enjoy my company. They are positive proof of the wise old adage, “If I knew how much fun my grandkids would be, I would have had them first.”

Abqaiq: The Friendly City Gazette - June 2019

Abqaiq: The Friendly City Gazette - June 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.

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VII: Confrontations

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VII: Confrontations

BY Aramco ExPats / /

At the conclusion of the previous installment in this series, our doughty band of Aramcons had just made camp for the night after completing a spine-tingling run through the most treacherous stretch of the Grand Canyon...

Dhahran's Palace of Dreams

Dhahran's Palace of Dreams

BY Tim Barger / /

Growing up in Dhahran in the 1950s without television and barely radio the movies were everything, our only link with the outside world. Three movies a week with a rerun on Thursday, as kids we’d go to pretty much anything that was playing. Even if the feature was some unfathomable drama about thwarted love, boundless ambition or existential trauma in 1950s America, we’d go just for the pre-show filler.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 10, 2019

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 10, 2019

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

Let me start with a confession: I am no engineering whiz, but I like to know how things work. I studied religion, and I often write about art, which is how I became entranced by astrolabes. Their beauty is mesmerizing, but their efficacy as an instrument leaves me perplexed.

AramcoWorld - July 2019

AramcoWorld - July 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.

Arabian Honey: The Best of the Best

Arabian Honey: The Best of the Best

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Bees and the honey they gather are among nature’s greatest wonders. Take away bees and the role they play in pollination and much of agriculture as we know it would be devastated. Take away bees and the honey...

Taif Emerges as Top Local Tourist Destination in Saudi Arabia

Taif Emerges as Top Local Tourist Destination in Saudi Arabia

BY Arab News / /

Taif governorate has gained the lion’s share of the Kingdom’s domestic tourism volume, crowning it as the city of roses and the best Saudi summer city, due to its mild climate during summer and natural landscapes especially in the Al-Shifa and Al-Hada areas.

Walking the Plank in Old Jubail

Walking the Plank in Old Jubail

BY Tim Barger / /

Who can forget those fantastic dhow trips out to the islands? I particularly remember the ones I went on before they turned Jubail into a super-port - when was that? Somewhere before 1980, I would guess. Back then, Jubail was just a little fishing port and the dock for the fishing dhows was quite tiny and set behind a group of old custom buildings.